Thursday, April 25, 2013

Software Development Roundtable: Maximizing Distributed Agile Development Teams

There are some that claim that in order to maintain the highest levels of productivity, everyone has to be in the office.  Others find that with the need to find the best, perhaps specialized talent, teams are most likely distributed across multiple locations utilizing both onshore and offshore resources. 

 At tonight's software development roundtable session, Steve Habermas, VP of Product Development at Verivo Software and Mark Ringer, Director of Engineering, at Rally Software facilitated a terrific conversation on the decision to distribute a team, how to organize and create trust and coherence among team members, the infrastructure to be considered in terms of collaboration, and the tools and tracking mechanisms to help be successful.  Mark has teams distributed across the world from Boulder, Colorado to Helsinki, Finland. Take a look at Mark’s presentation for some tips and pictures of what has worked for them. 

Steve Habermas gave distributed team examples from 3 different companies that he has worked for.  He and the audience agreed that you have to overcome trust and cultural issues and present projects differently based on the country that you are currently working with.  Steve recommended organizing teams geographically to maximize colocation - it's hard to beat.  

A quick note, many of you were interested in agile modeling and metrics.  Brad Neighbors, from VMWare recommended @scottwambler

Thanks to Endurance International for being terrific hosts and our software development cluster sponsors: DYN, InterSystems, Rally Software, Verivo Software and VMWare.  

We hope to see you all again at our next session in June on Automated Testing.  

Christine Nolan


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