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The Agile Team

The Agile Team

Agile teams are built on the core principle that flexibility — to find the most effective configuration of resources and capabilities — can provide an important competitive advantage. Agile work is built on a few key principles: Teams are small to enable fast decision-making and high productivity; teams use quick experiments to capture feedback from internal or external customers and then make decisions; and team members meet daily.

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Brainstorm in Shared Documents

Brainstorm in Shared Documents

 Using asynchronous collaboration tools, such as Google Docs, allows the team to constantly iterate without the guardrails or boundaries of a conventional in-person workday. Team members can make comments or suggestions in a shared document whenever a thought comes to them on their own time, rath...

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Remote Agile Teams: Prepare Alone but End in Sync

Remote Agile Teams: Prepare Alone but End in Sync

To maintain the short and efficient meeting processes that agile approaches require, just send out a simple agenda prior to virtual meetings or ask team members to reflect on key items before convening.

Asking team members to jot down thoughts on a shared platform prior to ...

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Set Clear Digital Norms

Set Clear Digital Norms

Remote teams should establish norms that identify which digital communication platforms are most appropriate for certain forms of correspondence. Email may be most suitable for formal but non-urgent requests, while instant mobile messaging may be more appropriate for informal but urgent requests....

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Setting Boundaries In Global Remote Teams

Setting Boundaries In Global Remote Teams

Because virtual communication can occur at any hour of the day or night, whereas face-to-face interaction at an office is bounded by more standardized work hours, it’s important for managers to establish guidelines on when to communicate — and more importantly, when not to communicate — to preser...

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Works Great In Face-To-Face Setting In The Same Physical Location

Works Great In Face-To-Face Setting In The Same Physical Location

The premise of agile teams is based on the collaborators all being in the same physical location. In fact, the document that introduced and codified the concept.  The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.

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Streamline Huddles

Streamline Huddles

For in-person teams, it is customary to have someone present their work in the stand-up and people chime in directly on each piece of work. This hardly works in virtual meetings.

Remote work requires new customs for these daily stand-up meetings, and a little more orchestration is needed. O...

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Less Number Of People In A Huddle

Less Number Of People In A Huddle

One challenge that larger agile teams of up to 10 people encounter when working virtually is providing easy input without interrupting or speaking simultaneously. Reducing the number of people involved in a virtual huddle in the early stages of a project can help focus communication.

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Solicit Anonymous Feedback

Solicit Anonymous Feedback

Team members talk with one another rather than directing comments upstream to a supervisor or manager. The agile process has retrospective reviews built into the end of each work segment — or “sprints” — during which team members put up anonymous Post-it notes on an office wall stating what they ...

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