28 September - 30 September 2016

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

Remotely agile

Marcin Bazydlo VeInteractive

Session type: Tutorial
Session duration: 45 minutes

Slides from session

The slides used for this session are available to download from here.

About this Tutorial

Remote working has really started to take off over the past few years. It's appealing to many - giving you the chance to live where you're happy or to give up the daily commute. Communication and collaboration are key elements of any team, but when you're working remotely this is a challenge - there's less face-to-face communication, no whiteboard within reach. Is it even possible to do agile without sticky notes?

Yes! For the last 3 years I've had the pleasure of exploring remote working in 2 very distinct organisations. We tried a number of tools to help with conferences, pairing, day-to-day chats, standups, retrospectives and architecture discussions. We tried conference microphones and doing meetings on desks. With will to make it happen and a bit of experimentation, both teams ‘clicked’ on with remote working. We settled on a set of tools and it felt really natural. In some aspects I would say our collaboration actually improved.

In this session I will present which tools and practices worked for us in building a remote-friendly work environment. I will also explore how to help teams to be coherent while only a few members are remote. At the end, we will do a short retrospective. So get ready to taste a remote-friendly agile environment.

About the Speaker

Dreamer. Hacker. Programmer. I worked as a researcher of REST applications replication systems (authored couple of papers which will never be cited). Then I decided that agile is much more interesting and joined OpenTable. Now I enjoy new challenges remote working for VeInteractive. I am enthusiast of stuff that works, and brilliant solutions.


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