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  • Distributed
    ScrumMasters
    & the art
    of digital facilitation
    @davidjbland
    #Agile2010
  • ScrumMaster
    & Agile Coach
    Introduced to
    Agile Software
    Development in 2002
    Co-located &
    Distributed Teams
    Tech Startups &
    Enterprise Organizations
    financial – saas - ecommerce - counter terrorism
  • Distributed Scrum
    is painful*
    *especially for
    unpreparedScrumMasters
  • Vanilla flavored Distributed Scrum is a myth
  • Training often focuses on co-location
  • Effective ScrumMasters
    in co-locatedteams can be…
    …ineffectivefor distributed teams
  • Tips that will help you find your way with Distributed Scrum
  • Virtual Scrum Boards
  • DistributedScrum is not an AgileLifecycle Management tool.
  • Complex tools can raise your barrier to adoption
  • Teams will channel
    their frustrations
    into the tool.
  • You’ll steer around the
    usability flaws
  • Individuals and Interactions…
    … over processes and tools
    http://agilemanifesto.org/
  • Find the right balanceof tools for your team
    vs.
  • Lightweight & low cost experience
  • Try a lightweightvirtual scrum board tool for 2 to 3 iterations
  • You’ll place the focus backonto your team
  • DistributedCommunication
  • Distribution generatesmore documentation
    Daily Scrum Recaps
    Documenting Impediments
    Planning & Preparation
    Reviews & Retrospectives
  • “I haven’t even opened my email today”
    - Anonymous Developer
  • Online Text Chat
    (8:00am) ScrumMaster:Yt….
    (8:01am) ScrumMaster:You there?
    (8:02am) ScrumMaster:hello?
    (8:03am) ScrumMaster:HI
    (8:04am) ScrumMaster:Ping me
    (8:05am) ScrumMaster:yt?
    (8:06am) ScrumMaster:what’s up
    (8:07am) ScrumMaster:hi there…
    (8:08am) ScrumMaster:YT?
  • Phone
  • Body languageis important
  • Video
  • Fight for the video conference room
  • Setup 10 to 15minutes early
  • Stand Up
  • 3 Questions(max overlap)
    What did you do yesterday?
    What will you do today?
    What is in your way?
  • 3Questions(min overlap)
    What did you do today?
    What will you do tomorrow?
    What is in your way?
  • Feedback loops10 minutes vs. 10 hours
  • Removing impedimentswhile the team is asleep
  • Humanize the distributed teamexperience
  • Establishtrust with retrospectives
  • Being a mirror for distributed teams is difficult
  • “Metrics are people too”
    - Eric Ries
  • Team membersare notresources
  • Cultureaffects your distributedteam
  • To Recap
    - Start with a lightweight, virtual scrum board
    - Use video chat whenever possible to communicate
    - Humanize the distributed development experience
  • Questions?
  • Thank You &
    Good Luck!
    #Agile2010
    @davidjbland