and how the lockdown helped me find them

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Photo credit: Nathan Wright

On the first day of April, I decided that binding through Reddit needed to stop and was desperate to see business insights from inspiring women (again). This time without leaving my lovely quarantine.

A couple of coffees (and a bit of research) later I found myself writing my intro at Remote Women, a professional slack community for ladies only. Emojis started to flow, then I saw the spam and hate speech free, candid conversations and I could not help myself but say

“Damn, there is a whole new world out there I didn’t even know of.”

I have to say, there is nothing more powerful than seeing another woman succeed in her business, create financial freedom for herself (and her family) while making an impact on the world by doing what she loves. …

and how to spot when they are missing

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Animation credit: Eszter Balogh

Pixar movies have a magical way of capturing the importance of life and its many obstacles. And, perhaps the best part: an admirable protagonist always finds a way to overcome them.

What fascinates me is their success is based on their actions and the values they represent. The same values Scrum is built on and make it work. The same values that a lot of us forget to follow and blame Scrum when it doesn’t deliver.

The five Scrum values according to the Scrum guide are: commitment, courage, focus, openness and respect. …

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More and more companies go fully remote due to the global epidemic but very few are prepared for it.

Distributed teams come with different dynamics but the problems usually originate from the same root cause as co-located work: alignment or team consent is missing. In other words, if you manage to master remote work, you will find your teams at a higher maturity level when you are able to go back to the office. Or maybe you don’t even want to go back!

Now, imagine a team who has always been sitting together, being able to communicate whenever they needed, suddenly gets distributed and team collaboration suffers: exchange of ideas causing frustration because it goes asynchronous, remote meetings have different dynamics and thus more difficult to facilitate and people are generally less motivated because it feels like they lost their social life during the day. …

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“Great remote teams don’t just happen; they’re built.“

Let’s face it, distributed teams are everywhere.

They exist if the organisation has HQs in various countries or at any company which has a Working From Home policy, not to mention fully remote employees and remote-first companies.

The approach to treat distributed work is always the same. If one person is remote, everyone is remote (meaning the whole company should approach collaboration remotely to ensure efficient information flow).

But what makes a team click remotely? There are hundreds of tips available on how to use remote tools but very few highlight the equally important human aspects of it. …

So what do you do?

I am an Agile Delivery Manager.

That’s great. So what do you do?

Joke aside, the above convo happens to me painfully often. Agile transformation brings different roles to different companies. Because it’s a mindset — not a religion — it can be interpreted in various ways. It’s a fluid role which accommodates to the needs of the organisation.

The Joker

If you need to coach the team towards autonomy or the leadership towards an agile mindset, part of your role is what they call an Agile Coach or a Product Team Coach.

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If you need to help multiple product teams and their roadmaps aligned to deliver efficiently, you are an Agile Delivery Manager. And it might be that you need to do both roles while you are implementing an agile release train to help the organisation keep sane in their hyper-growth period. It’s all part of the fun. …

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Dropping in to a 1hr 45 mins long advanced class of Fierce Grace practice in a heated room is probably not where sane people start off when they think about challenging themselves after a few years of practicing their vinyasas.

The outcome: 13 hours of uninterrupted sleep (starting at 15pm, right after the class) and a very well rested Lilla.


That class was so beautifully conducted by the carefully selected postures of different yoga practices featured with super humble people around me and the best focus music ever that it makes me crave to go back for more ever since.

Fun fact: the original yoga from India is done at the same temperature, naturally.

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Was lesson no. 1 at my Scrum Master training led by Stuart Mitchell last summer. He was not joking.

The catchy words brought a gentle smile to my face back then and only made sense right after I joined the high-profile healthcare app: Babylon Health. Our rapidly growing and truly exceptional company has a no smaller challenge than global scaling which is supported by continuous improvements across our tribes to fail fast and succeed faster (than our competitors).

Part of my Agile Delivery Manager role here is to pinpoint the falling points on old processes and craft new ones where needed. To do that, I needed to dig deep and see how the teams work together to avoid implementing useless methods no-one will ever follow or benefit from. …

Since I was able to go remote in my Agile Project Manager role at Proversity, I decided to visit our external dev team and have a bit of an adventure for a month in Latin America. Little did I know.

Truth be told, I knew Colombia is probably not the easiest destinations to trial remote life, but I was intrigued by the history and natural beauty of the country so much that I couldn’t hold myself back from exploring the place.

So here I am, writing these lines from the incredibly gorgeous Boyaca state while prepping for meeting the European time zone 6 am tomorrow morning as the week starts. …

Everybody comes here for a reason. For me that reason was to experience living in a diverse, global city and try to find myself again. Looking back now the two above seems a little bit too ambitious, but hey — you only live once, right?

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The morning walk to the office which got me to fall in love with London again and again

Don’t get me wrong, experiencing a global city is fun but so overwhelming for the first few months, that it makes you think it is actually blocking you even more from finding your potential in the world.

Or so you think until you realise that without even thinking about it you’ve just adjusted yourself to a completely different culture and changed your daily communication method from your mother tongue to a foreign language. While doing that, you also improved so much in your job that from next week on you’re going to start to work at the highest skyscraper in Europe. …


Lilla Szulyovszky

Agile Team Coach

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