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eXtremely Distributed Software Development

In my previous post, Remote start up company software development. I have received a suggestion that XDSD will be useful in my case. The next question is how to do it?
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How to do Large-Scale Scrum LeSS or Nexus with remote teams?

Disclaimer: I am new to the scaled agile topic. I researched a bit about how to scale scrum -> Scaled scrum/agile frameworks (SAFe vs. Nexus vs. LeSS) comparison and I like the comparably lean ...
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Quicker Retrospectives? They are taking longer and are less effective now we are working from home because of COVID

I am after ideas to make things run more smoothly and more quickly. I have been using a combination of MS Teams and online tools like GroupMap and Stormz. But there are long pauses, and less to and ...
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How to run a successful Lunch and Learn program for distributed Scrum team

At a previous company, in order to encourage continuous learning, the developers would host lunch and learn sessions to talk about a technology or approach that could assist our organization or ...
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Ideas to solve separation of concerns when creating software engineer teams if the project is monorepo

as the title tells, I work in a company that uses monorepo for the whole projects. Currently there are different teams that are using the monorepo, so everybody can see and change anything based on ...
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What approach of story points suit our team

We are distributed development team in three locations. In each location we have between 2 to 5 developers. We conduct daily standup via Skype. However, we have not been using story points. We just ...
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How to motivate offshore teams and trust them to deliver?

I joined a company where the development is outsourced in an offshore location. I have heard that the people offshore won’t deliver unless they are chased to do so. In other words, when they are left ...
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How can I motivate/manage developers who only use email to communicate?

Some teams have to work with collaborators without face-to-face discussions. In our case all conversations are by email. There is a problem with a this method: it's very difficult to keep developers ...
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Tracking resource allocation across multiple projects - GitHub?

I have an agile development team of 20-25, and we use GitHub (Enterprise) for repo, backlog etc and ZenHub for enhanced Kanban boards. I would like all members to be able to easily set their ...
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How do I manage/oversee multiple agile teams around the world?

I have been tasked to manage multiple agile teams in different business areas and geographical regions (time zone problems). Has anyone got any experience with this? It seems like the job will be more ...
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How to handle agile ceremonies for sparsely distributed team members

We are embarking on a project where the scrum master is in one time zone and overlaps half the team by 2 hours at the start of the day, and the other half of the team by 5.5 hours at the end of the ...
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Define who will work on each project

Next month we will start 3 parallel projects and we hired 10 new employees to help us. For each project, I already have a Leader but they started to fight to get the best new employees for their ...
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setting ITIL as a common framework for multiple IT teams around the world

My manager and I have been tasked to manage/incentize multiple IT teams in different geographical regions (with multiple time zones and different cultural understanding). The teams are not ...
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Creating Requirements for API teams

I have experience working with web/app teams and building requirements for them. I'm now working with an api team and wanted to know the best format for communicating requirements. I've tried high ...
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Make them understand we need a DMS

I have put this in SE-PM as in my eyes, it affects Project Managers the most. I have just landed a role as a product engineer for a software product in a mid-sized company (around 100 staff across ...
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Avoid to kill project without reducing scope

Within a project, we develop an application. The project is set up as follows: The overall application is divided into four different "level". We completed one of those levels in four month. We use ...
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Is it possible to manage an agile project with international team members?

Some of the hallmarks of agile projects work best with a co-located team, perhaps all working out of the same bullpen where face to face interaction is the norm. In fact, some of the principles ...
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Setting Up Infrastructure for Managing a Distributed team

I'm in the unenviable position of creating a team that will be distributed for a minimum of 3 months and up to a year. The team includes 4 now, but may increase to up to 7 before we manage to relocate ...
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How to manage a project when not every member is proficient in a common language?

I am currently building a Project Management Plan for a new project where members will come from different cultural background. I clearly identified that not all the project members will share ...
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Scrum and Organizational Structure

I am working in a company that wants to migrate their development process to Scrum. The company did not have much of a development process up to now but had well organised sales and marketing ...
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How to keep momentum moving in the absence of critical requirements?

I have a less-than-ideal situation; A project with extremely tight timing and an engineering team expected to develop against a moving target. We have a research/user experience team delivering draft ...
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What is "agile's answer" to projects that come in many shapes and sizes with different scope?

We have a set of teams and they are trying to go Agile. Lets say each team support one application and we have a total of 4 teams and 4 applications. When we projects that are all within a team / ...
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Scaling software development teams

I've been reading on this subject for a while now, but still can't come up with a workable solution for my situation to scale a development department. May be someone can advise me on where to go from ...
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What is an appropriate quality standard for requirements specifications?

In my role as a Business Analyst working for a offshore company (7 developers, 4 QA, 1 PM, 1 Architect) but being onsite, I go through the Business Requirement Document's, Epics and Stories briefed by ...
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How can I manage multiple large, parallel, distributed projects with different workforce commitment levels?

I'm starting a Games Development club. I'll be thrown lots of people with their own skill-sets, commitment levels, goals, etc. I need to ensure they are pointed towards appropriate yet stimulating ...
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How to facilitate communication and peer reviews on a distributed scrum team?

We have a Scrum team of 3 developers, a scrum master, and a product owner. Everyone works out of their home (except the product owner who works at his organization's headquarters). In the past, we ...
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How to integrate a remote person in a Scrum team?

We have hired a new team member who lives in another country. This is not like a team split across 2 locations - he is alone there. What things should we consider doing in such a case: in order to ...
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What tools do you use for distributed scrum backlog/board [closed]

Which tools do you guys use for your distributed scrum teams? I have had a look at Jira, Teamspace, Scrumworks and wanted to know if there any others used in the community. If possible please state ...
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Remote developers: does seeing a result really matter?

I am interested in a psychology-related issue. Let's imagine that we have a consulting company (and let's call it BusinessSoftwareInc) which does small and medium software projects for its clients. ...
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Creating synopses of existing movies - hire a team, or crowdsource?

To create a movie database website for a regional language industry, I would like to know whats the best way to acquire/build a large collection of movie synopses for my site. Currently I have thought ...
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Managing projects across time zones

When managing a project that involves participants across the globe, it is quite manageable for any two timezones to meet (someone will be at the end of their shift while someone is starting theirs), ...
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Management by Walking Around (with a remote team)

Management by Walking Around (or Wandering About) is an extraordinarily effective (yet simple) way to keep your finger on the pulse of your team, to build relationships, and hear about problems and ...