Remote teams have been gaining ground, the reason behind this is because the team can be involved in development projects all over the world without being in the same place. Furthermore, the team developed the capability of adaptation to changes that constantly came up-skill pursuit for the current companies-. Similarly, in the software industry agile methodologies have been arising and its adoption has been increasing; but this is not an easy assignment for remote teams (how to lead a happy remote team), that’s why we’ll write about the experience of Hector Benitez, a senior software developer from Nearsoft, where he is an experienced practitioner of Agile methodologies in remote teams.
First of all, we need to know what Agile is:
Agile Alliance, defines agile as the capability for adaptation and response to change and understanding the current crew state in order to figure out how to solve it. The solutions evolve continuously through the multidisciplinary teams' collaboration. These teams work autonomously -outstanding features for the agile teams-. But agile methodology was not always the favorite methodology for software teams.
Hector shares with us how he started with the agile environment.
“The methodologies that were used by developers have been declining because they were focused on deadlines, agreements, plans. There were no product reviews, and the final delivery just followed up on the product backlog given by the product owner. The result is a product that doesn't fit with customer expectations. With the emergence of agile methodologies and sprints use this type of deficiencies has been avoided. The client is constantly aware of what the developer is carrying out, allowing the detection of mistakes/changes early.”
The continuous change is an environment that currently shows up in the software industry. Some people associate change with losses. For Hector, change is something normal and doesn't have to be a disadvantage:
“The presence of change is normal with the use of agile methodologies. But bad planning can result in changes that are out of control for the team; changes are good and their existence doesn’t have to bring a product with less quality. Agile methodologies are the reason why the team works with transparency, which allows them been in continuous improvement and confront the problems easily.”
Agile methodology adoption for remote teams isn’t easy if they want to strictly follow the agile manifesto: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
But keeping communication and interaction is actually second nature for modern individuals, given the right tools.
What's the importance of tools in remote teams?
"Communication is very important, with tools like standups, you can keep in touch with the team and be aware of what they are doing? What are they going to do? and what problems do they have?, the remote teams have the same possibilities in the actual word."
One of the most important activities in a remote team is the Retrospectives (check out how the retrospectives are in remote teams), which usually implies a getting together as a team, to discuss performance and find how to improve. But with a team that has been working in a different place all over the sprint, this meeting could bring a frustrated team, or that’s we thought until Hector explains to us the following:
"Having a retrospective is really important if you want to keep the team’s transparency. As a remote team, the update is not just about the project but the animus of the team. There is a lot of tools and benefits if you want to have a good retrospective as a remote team."
These are some benefits:
- You have a specific format to full out.
- The team stay focused on the meeting’s aim.
- You can collect easily the information.
- SImplifies the process.
- You can check the action items every time you want.
Tools are very important for remote teams. The distribution of the team doesn't have to be a disadvantage. The team just needs to be aware of the activities assigned and have full visibility and transparency, which is possible with the use of tools. Discover all the tools that SoftwareDevTools has for you.
Check out our Atlassian tools:
- Agile Retrospectives for Confluence
- Agile Retrospectives for Jira
- Scrum Poker for Confluence
- Scrum Poker for Jira
- Stand.bot for Stride: A bot to automate daily updates.
- And for Slack also!
Other blogs for remote teams:
- Agile retrospectives in remote teams
- 8 tips for daily standup meetings
- #AtlassianSummit: Adam Hynes on Remote Work.