My next few blog posts will outline some of the things I found important. I will also provide links to books and vendor products I found interesting.
I have divided my comments into three categories,The Team, The Product and The Scrum Master. This post is about the team.
The TeamI learned as much from the people attending the conference as I did from the session speakers. This was especially true with the team.
The term T-Shaped Skills was used to describe a cross functional team. The diagram below depicts cross functional ability in an easy to understand manner.
- Tools – there are a number of tools available that allow distributed teams to work better together. See the section on Vendor Solutions below for the tools that were mentioned.
- Google Spreadsheet – this was mentioned as a collaboration tool because when multiple users work on a single document, the change is annotated with the user’s name in real time.
- Skype – one person mentioned that they have a computer on and available at each remote location at all times. This allows for easy adhoc meetings when a few people need to meet.
- Big Monitors Everywhere – one of the best way to provide transparency is to hang or draw burn down charts and other agile artifacts on the wall. With distributed teams, this is not possible. It was agreed that having the charts “available” in a tool is not sufficient. One attendee mentioned that he had big monitors in all locations displaying the agile artifacts.