In the past few months remote work has become one of the most commons ways of work. With benefits including reduced travel costs, increased organizational benefits from using the best talent regardless of location, and the greater availability of sophisticated technology to support such distributed work. (source)
This trend is expected to continue, but as we already said, the success of remote work can be supported by technology improvements. Today we are going to learn more about the technological necessities that a remote team has. But even more specific the features that an agile team needs to work remotely.
Why are collaborative technologies necessary in remote teams?
Tools are the only way to ensure efficiency in or distributed work processes. Not having a well-structured series of tools will disable the capacity to perform as a team.
Without the correct tools for remote work, transparency and good communication is challenging, which also can produce gasp and disruption in the whole work. Effective tool support for collaboration is a strategic initiative for any company with distributed resources.
According to research on Agile Collaboration for Distributed Teams, there are 3 main technological structures or collaborative tools essential to ensure good agile performance: Communication, Workspace & lifecycle.
These tools are of paramount importance for distributed agile teams as they not only enable collaboration but also act as hubs through which relevant pieces of information flow, thus helping team members build and maintain up to date their situational awareness—the state of mind where a person is aware of the elements in their immediate environments about coworkers, tasks, and artifacts.
These tools allow members to understand and exchange information amongst team members. These tools categories include instant messaging, VoIP tools, conferencing systems, and communication platforms that integrate collaborative features such as Screen sharing and a calendar. (source)
One of the main features that this communication should be offering you is the possibility to change from synchronous to asynchronous and vice versa. At the same time, this tool should keep a history and be easily searchable online, which can prevent the loss of information and silos.
It is also important to keep in mind that these tools or at least in the team's tools have immersed features such as calendar, file, and screen sharing.
We need to remember that remote work enables the possibility of self-management, which implies the possibility of being flexible and need to be in sync with the supportive tools that we have in our team.
Tools are necessary to support the interdependence of the variety of products that support their complexity, design, and architectures.
Agile work, most of the time is for software development. Using this context, their fundamental activity is developing source code. So the tools that you should be using to support the teams are tools with a collaborative software environment. A safe space where developers can interact and increase their productivity, software artifacts in a controlled manner in an issue tracking system.
Continuing with agile and software development, this category should include all these practices that support the development process. For example, it is necessary to test all the code that the team is producing, therefore it is essential to have a tool where all the team can verify the code and allow members to share that info
This category includes a series of tools that support the continuous change that delivery or product can have. During the lifecycle, there are different stages and changes to achieve the final result. That's why tools, where you can find this transition, are important.
Include some of the technologies, such as traceability and test configurators for regressions, or application lifecycle management (ALM)/ product lifecycle management (PLM), service request management, and DevOps and over-the-air delivery technologies. (Source)
Also, it is important to ensure a better performance if you opt for platforms that allow you to integrate tools or add-ons to customize the Lifecycle in your team. Taking into consideration the possible cost that this platform could have when the team increases or if it is easier to adapt if you decide to change or export.
As agile teams, agile ceremonies should be included in our lifecycle. That's why you would ensure that during your performance agile ceremonies are presented. As we already said, there are some platforms that allow you to customize your "work". In Jira you can find a series of tools that we have for you, perfect to ensure agile ceremonies in an asynchronous or synchronous way.
Technology is the base of remote work and is the more efficient way to ensure the work done. Find the platforms and tools that fit better with your work, ensure that all the members understand the functionality, and enjoy the easy remote work!
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