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Monday, August 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Hello? Is there anyone there? How to engage with distributed teams. (Samantha Laing, Karen Greaves)

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Abstract:
In the ideal perfect world there will be rainbows and unicorns and teams that all sit together. In reality, most teams have to deal with distribution in one form or another. For some: it’s team members spread across a building, for others it’s team members in other parts of the world in different time zones.
Have you even been on a call where you can hear someone ordering coffee, or a dog barking? My favorite is being told someone is joining the call, after you've spent 5 minutes explaining something in detail. Mostly distributed meetings are boring, and not really worth the time and effort.
As agile coaches we truly value face to face communication and visible boards and sticky-notes, we also value working from anywhere, having pets in the office and not having to travel. So what is possible here? We decided to fully immerse ourselves into the distributed world and see what happened. We were amazed - we managed to build trust, explore and discover great collaborative tools and we improved communication.
We would like to share some of our discoveries and tips with you. Join us to explore how agile can work for distributed teams.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Cultivate a mindset of exploring possibility rather than resenting distribution
  • Understand how distribution affects your team
  • Know when distribution is actually an advantage
  • Know what is possible given your situation
  • Tips we have learned from working with distributed teams


Speakers
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Karen Greaves

Director, Growing Agile
As a trainer, coach and mentor I love sharing experience, ideas, failures and experiments with agile. I love meeting new people so come introduce yourself. Check out www.growingagile.co.za to see what I look like, or just listen for the loudest person in the room :) This will be my third time at Agile, despite the very long flight from Cape Town South Africa.
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Samantha Laing

Agile Coach, Growing Agile
I am an Agile Coach in sunny South Africa. | Recently I have co-authored a book: Growing Agile: A Coach's guide to training scrum - check it out here: | https://leanpub.com/TrainingScrum | | Please go to our website for more info: www.growingagile.co.za


Monday August 7, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
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