I was contacted by Srijan to contribute my expertise to an round up post on distributed agile best practices. As I’m always looking for ways to share my experience I agreed. Little did I know at the time who else they asked to contribute. Here’s how I ended up.
The question they asked me was: What are some great team building activities for distributed scrum teams?
We all know that agile retrospectives help teams to reflect, learn and improve. But they are also a great way for team members to get to know each other and build long lasting relationships. My answer includes several practical exercises that distributed teams can use:
If you are a new distributed Scrum team getting ready to become productive, a sail boat futurespective helps you to get to know each other and agree upon the way of working for your team. You start by stating your goal and imagine how your team should look to reach it, next you’ll explore what you can do to get there. Alternatively you can play a core qualities game to learn about each team member’s strengths and find ways to collaborate effectively. You can build a new team using these retrospective exercises.They can easily be done with distributed teams, all you need is an audio/video connection between the team members and an online drawing tool in the retrospective.
The post Distributed Agile Best Practices: An Expert Round-Up includes expert advice from people like Jeff Sutherland, Daniel Mezick, Suzanne Prince, Avienaash Shiralige, and yours truly. I’m certainly in good company!
Early Srijan posted 6 Agile Coaches’ Take on Transitioning Your Enterprise to Agile where they referenced several of my favorite posts on Agile Retrospectives:
And Ben Linders’ post on “Retrospective Exercise: Few Vital Actions”, shows you the right way to do it. First up, he lists out some of the critical things that retros should cover. Besides that, Ben also takes you through the value of each of these retrospective actions and how it helps the team become more streamlined and efficient.
Ben also shares another post, “Getting Business Value out of Agile Retrospectives”. This post focuses on how retrospectives can help create value for businesses and customers. Ben lists a set of pointers which will ensure that teams come out of a retro with a set of doable actions for the next sprint.
If you are just starting out with a scrum team, Ben’s retrospective exercises will also be a great resource.
It’s great to see how companies like Srijan are spreading knowledge by inviting experts and practitioners to share their ideas and experiences. Happy to contribute to this one, and to similar initiatives. Thanks Srijan for inviting me!