Best agile practices for distributed Software Development Teams

What is agile? Agile is a time boxed, iterative approach to software delivery that builds software incrementally from the start of the project, instead of trying to deliver it all at once near the end.

What is a distributed dev team? A distributed team is group of developers that’s spread across geographical boundaries and time zones.

These are best agile practices for distributed software development teams:

Meeting face-to-face is the only way to build trust

  • Allocate a recurring face to face meetings together with your internal team or offshore team
  • Having a strong communication tool like Skype, Phones, high bandwidth and big screens in order to accommodate your remote team
  • Set schedule of visits in frequent intervals across the length of the project
  • Offshore and onshore teams that are working together must ignite relations and build strong trust
  • Trust is most based factor to know who are the highest performing teams

When you are managing a remote team, there are a lot tools that you can use in order to connect with your team. Connecting with your teammates is also another way of building trust with them.

Establish a shared project vision

What is a project vision? Is an idealistic perspective of desired results to be produced for the business after successful project completion. It is a strong description of what the business will be like to inspire those project receivers to begin the project.

To establish a shared project vision:

  • The whole team’s participation in this activity highlights ownership of the project outcomes
  • Using collocation travel is the best way to build this
  • Doing release planning, sprint planning, and daily scrum together will also help team build same shared vision

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