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Best Agile Practices for Distributed Teams

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Best Agile Practices for Distributed Teams

With today’s emerging technologies and tools, businesses and organizations have realized the significance of outcome by collaboration. This has happened due to the fact that the enterprises are scattered globally and there is a need to carry out effective business delivery and interruption-free growth. Formerly, due to limited IT budgets, businesses worked as offline development solutions to save money and use less resources. Today, they realize the importance of Teamship methodology that is gaining prominence across the globe, and is an imperative in the making of quality based products. So they endorsed the Agile Methodology for special features that boost up the collaboration and speed.

Nowadays, Distributed Development is a popular approach of working across multiple worksites. This model allows the team members to work from different locations like buildings, cities and countries collaboratively, to achieve the project target.

The distributed development team model can be difficult to build if the right people, right processes and the right tools are not chosen properly. Similarly, if the project is not operating as per the predefined set of principles, distributed development teams have to struggle a lot to produce the desired results. Let us look at some of the best practices in Agile Testing methodology, that can help distributed development teams to deliver the product effectively and bring value for the customers.

  • Designating a Leader:

Agile teams work with smaller goals. To carry out communication between the team members, leading the team is of higher priority. Designating a leader at every site can enable an effective and focussed communication to achieve the target. The onsite lead is expected to guide the onsite team by communicating with them and can be a point of contact for the main project and the client. The Lead will be responsible for managing the communication channels, and ensure that the team is receiving guidelines properly on the deliverables.

  • Assigning Ownership to every Individual:

In an Agile environment, tasks are given based on the skills-set, capacity and the goals. It is not given based on the team location. But in an ideal situation, team members have to perform various tasks, like analysis, design, development, and testing, so the work can be distributed among different team members randomly. This helps avoid accumulation of incomplete work and speeds up the process. Assigning the ownership of those tasks to the team members reduces the workload of the leader.

  • Implementing testing practices and development standards:

The team should adhere to the best testing practices and development standards. Best practices include but are not limited to- development procedures, coding standards and any practice that ensures the best quality of the product. These industry level practices and standards should be considered by the team

  • Using Online Tools:

To keep distributed teams informed and connected, use of online tools is crucial. This keeps the project going and assures on-time delivery. A number of tools are available to create and maintain backlogs, organize and plan sprints, manage task boards, monitor burn-down, track bugs/issues etc. They can also be used to maintain best practices and the standards implemented for the project.

  • Building Effective Communication Channels:

Communication is the key in an Agile set-up. Live communication across the teams is important to resolve the problems and get the work done. There are many online meeting and instant messaging tools available for communication at every site. You should make sure that the tool which you want to use is available at all your team members’ systems.

  • Meetings and Interactions:

Working online and communicating via technology is effective as long as the team members meet and share their ideas. This way the teams can make some decisions on the target to achieve. In due course of time, it will bring sustained growth and value to the project.

  • Giving Training:

Immersive hands-on training is necessary to educate a beginner in Agile processes. Before being mapped to any real-time project, the trainees should have knowledge on the tools used in the project.

  • Reviews:

Every team member should produce a record of the work done and share their progress regularly. By getting reviews, you can enhance your project speed as well as quality.

A distributed team can make use of these practices to achieve their goals and get more ideas to succeed.

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