While there are plenty of reasons to ‘be there in person’, having a local team also comes with costs and limitations. Sometimes, the right skills are simply not available in the local community. In other cases, a trusted team member moves away, temporarily or permanently, or changes his or her work hours. It is often a lot easier to continue working with the person remotely, than to take on a significant risk of finding a replacement that will be in the team room, in person, during regular hours. With the right approach, it is possible to have a very successful team, that allows for flexibility over time and distance.
In this talk, we will discuss the issues and solutions for managing a long-distance team, the difficulties of management over the long distance, the technologies and the gadgets that are designed to be helpful, but are not always.