Distributed Agile Teams: Management Methodology, Roles and Tools

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Originally published on Oct 29, 2015Last updated on Feb 29, 2024

Key Takeaways

What is a distributed team in Agile?

An agile distributed team is a model in which employees are remotely located in multiple places and use agile methodologies to collaborate on their projects. This model is widely used across companies of all sizes.

What are the benefits of distributed agile teams?

There are many benefits to distributed agile teams. Research has shown that distributed teams tend to be more diverse, which can help enhance problem-solving abilities. Moreover, companies that embrace remote teams can cast a wider net when hiring, rather than being constrained to their geographic region. This can help attract and retain high-quality talent at lower costs.

What are the challenges for distributed teams in agile?

Some companies are hesitant to transition to a distributed agile model. Often, they cite geographic and time zone differences can create communication challenges, hinder collaboration, and impede growth. They also contend that it’s difficult to develop a cohesive company culture. With a thoughtful approach, however, these challenges can be mitigated.