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23Jun

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.

17Jun

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.
14Jun

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.
09Jun

Prevent Team Burnout When Working in Multiple Time Zones

Many distributed teams work across time zones, and it can quickly turn into a situation where everyone is working all the time. You answer one email from someone in another time zone, and then you decide to take a look at that spreadsheet real quick, even though it’s 9 pm, and then you get into a conversation—next thing you know, you’re contributing to a culture where no one ever gets a break.
02Jun

Moving from Waterfall to Agile - Amazing Progress at the United States Federal Government

In the United States, we are observing amazing progress as our Federal Government begins to apply the Agile software framework to some of the most challenging and complex problems that arise in the course of serving our citizens. As in the private and commercial sectors, the Agile framework eliminates the need for heavy waterfall approaches to software development. The U.S. Digital Service, launched in 2015 and now with 151 people grouped in small teams is a Federal initiative that is making a big impact.