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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.
31May

Why Your Distributed Team is Missing That Collaborative Vibe (and How to Get it Back!)

The groove. The zone. A vibe. Sometimes you just have that extra mojo. No matter what we call it, there are times when everything seems to gel and things get done quicker and better. While not everyone can be the ‘96 Bulls—or even better the 2016 Golden State Warriors—there are those rare moments when everything comes together. But the thing is, for some distributed teams that collaborative vibe happens more frequently than for others.
24May

What Color Is Your Company? A Brief Introduction to Self-Management

Many businesses who are moving to a distributed model are also jumping on the “Reinventing Organizations” bandwagon of less top-down management. The first question to ask when considering a move to self-management for your organization is simple, but it requires some background: What color is your company?

“Reinventing Organizations,” a New Look at Corporate Power Structures

12May

“Isn’t it Lonely?” Busting the Top 4 Remote Work Myths

“You work from home, so you can take me to airport, right?” “Can’t you take care of it since you’re home all day?” “What do you even do with all that time?” There are a lot of misconceptions about remote work, and while out and out protest might be a tad ineffective, there are definitely some remote works myths that need to be busted. As a remote worker or the manager of a distributed team, you’ve probably faced each of these fallacies before, much to your chagrin.

1. “Remote workers are less productive.”