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09Aug

5 Tips for Overcoming the Language Barrier on a Distributed Team

In a distributed team, diversity can mean a number of things. Removing the barrier of geographic proximity and the need to commute can be a great advantage in getting the best possible people for the job. More and more, we’re seeing businesses take advantage of the flexibility of a distributed office to hire across borders and create an international team.
04Aug

A Race Against Time: Organizing with Agile Work Structures

According to Parkinson’s Law, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” If I set aside the whole day to do something small, I’ll probably take more time to do each individual step: “Thus, an elderly lady of leisure can spend the entire day in writing and despatching a postcard to her niece at Bognor Regis.
27Jul

The Audacious Salon at Agile 2016 – Distributed Agile: Delusion or Evolution? (Day Two)

Not only is Atlanta hot, day two of the Audacious Salon session on Distributed Agile with the fantastic Mark Kilby and Michael Herman was smoking! Again, we filled up extremely early to the point where the staff basically has a bouncer outside the room to block access. There was a nice chunk of new participants and a good group of returnees who came back to continue this feisty, messy, and wonderfully chaotic discussion.
26Jul

The Audacious Salon at Agile 2016 — Distributed Agile: Delusion or Evolution?

We at Sococo are having a fun, busy and HOT (we’re in Atlanta) time here at Agile 2016. One of the main reasons we’re participating this year is to support the fabulous Mark Kilby and Michael Herman for their session in a brand new track called The Audacious Salon. Our topic? Distributed Agile: Delusion or Evolution? Yesterday was the first session and we were blown away by the results.
21Jul

Agile 2016 Survival Guide: Sococo’s Top Tips and Hot Picks

Last week we filled everyone in on our plans with SolutionsIQ for the Agile 2016 event, which is taking place from July 25-29 in the extremely warm city of Atlanta, Georgia. And since, we’ve been busily talking to our customers and partners who are attending as well as local insiders to get the scoop on what everyone is excited about and the hot events.
19Jul

The Top 4 Most Annoying Things About Distributed Team Standups for a ScrumMaster (and How to Stop Them!)

Distributed teams don’t have it easy when it comes to the daily standup. The whole idea behind a standup is to be fast, focused, and actionable. Co-located teams know where to go every day, how long it takes them to get there from their office or cube, and where the candy dishes are along the way. If nothing else, they see their teammates going into the standup room and will scramble quickly to follow them in and grin as if they’d been ready and waiting all morning (and not looking at their fantasy football scores).