Friday, November 14, 2008

Distributed Agile Practices

Finished reading Distributed Agile Development at Microsoft patterns & practices

Excellent paper! Focused on agile development, lists proven practices that led to better development results in various distributed development teams:
  • Focus on Communication
  • Plan to Travel
  • Team Distribution
  • Focus on Coaching the Team
  • Distribution of Work
  • Build the Team over Time
  • Provide the Right Tools
All practices are great (more or less intuitive) Ideas and Ideals , the interesting part are the hints to their efficient set up in practice.

Writing down some of them possibly for future use:

Focus on Communication: plan communication, pair buddy, parking lot system for issues raised during meetings, etc.

Distribution of Work: special attention for asymmetric teams

Focus on coaching: an experienced coach in each of the distributed teams

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