Practical Tools For Addressing Cultural Differences on Distributed Teams

Yesterday, I shared some of the findings I took from our June 23 webinar, Breaking Down Cultural Barriers on Your Distributed Team. But it’s not enough to simply acknowledge and understand how country and company cultures affect teams. Over the years, I’ve developed some practical tools and practices that teams can use to address their cultural differences.

How Cultural Differences Influence Distributed Teamwork

One of the most influential forces in a distributed team is the cultural differences among team members. While working remotely is in itself a challenge, cultural differences can unfortunately sometimes send projects off track. Often, the influence of culture is hidden just beneath the surface.

Does Your Team Need a Virtual Health Check?

“Teamwork” is difficult to define. Most of us know what good teamwork looks like, but we’re not sure how to assess whether we are creating the right conditions for teamwork to flourish, especially when it comes to a virtual environment.


Cross Cultural Team Barriers on Distributed Teams: Survey Results

Today the majority of knowledge workers interact with people in different locations. From a cultural perspective, this trend has had an impact on how we as a workforce have had to change our behaviors and tackle new problems. Getting work done on distributed teams is not the same as getting work done on co-located teams. Collaboration across geographies and cultures presents new challenges and requires new ways of working in order to accommodate many cultures working harmoniously under one virtual company roof.

The Third Wave of Agile

Agile methodologies have revolutionized the way software companies deliver their products. And what started out as a new way of collaborating for small teams of software developers has eventually developed to support larger Enterprise companies as part of the Scaled Agile Framework. Abstracting the concepts that made it effective for small groups to work with a “team of teams” marked the development of the second wave of Agile.