Questions tagged [remote-teams]

Dealing with managing physically distributed project teams, often involving subteams from different organizations (e.g. offshore outsourcing).

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Communicating requirements to offshore teams

Just to give a context, there is an offshore team in India for a client in San Francisco. The offshore team is about 9 developers and 4 QA, with one project manager. I am doing onsite coordination for ...
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How to manage remote developers?

I have a small company that produce commercial WordPress themes. Things are working well and I want to hire a freelance Front End Developer to help me. I never managed a remote person(the city I live ...
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Taking over a disorganised team

I'm about to take over an IT team that lacks organisation between members. The employees are as follows: Part time lead software developer & team leader; Onsite; (Me) Full time IT all rounder (...
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How to encourage more participation in web scrum meetings?

I have recently become scrum master for an established team that has been doing many parts of Scrum, but has not had a scrum master. The team is great team who does well and I have been trying hard to ...
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questions around “standups” for remote team [closed]

I have been working as a software developer for more than a decade. Recently I took a new job where I have to manage a remote team of 5 developers. We have a "stand up" conference call every day at ...
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Product Owner in different time zone from scrum team

I am a product owner for a remote scrum team. I am on the east coast of the US. The scrum team is in India. This is a 10.5 hour time difference. I have been participating in their daily scrum at 6:...
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Should I ask developers to report hours in daily reports or ask them to keep the task tracking tool we use with this level of detail?

I am the IT manager in a company having 30 people in the IT team. There are 3 major teams, each with 7 to 8 people, + few other smaller teams. Different locations, cultures and timezones. Having ...
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Can a Scrum Master be effective when working mostly remotely?

I have been asked to interview for a Scrum Master position. The position is mostly remote, i.e. all people in the company generally work remotely and then meet up once every 2 weeks for Sprint ...
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team building activities for remote team [closed]

I have started a new job as a software team lead, the team is remote in another continent and time zone. What are good team building activities to do remotely? Im thinking like some online game, or ...
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What are effective techniques for conducting retrospectives for a geographically-distributed team?

Our team is distributed across two cities in EST and one city in PST. We heavily use Hangouts, Google Docs and other collaboration tools. Most advice and techniques for conducting retrospectives are ...
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Is there a terminology for projects spanning across multiple time zones?

It is very common for projects involving people from different time zones which brings with it a bunch of management and communication issues. Is there a terminology used in Software world for such ...
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Engaging remote team members in sprint planning

Here is the problem: We have remote team members. Most of us are in Western Washington but a few are located in Texas and we lose participation from members of the team because we're doing everything ...
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How to work in Implementations when your technical operations is in another time zone?

Any advice on working with implementations when all your devs and QA are on another timezone and not able to communicate too much online? This is my first experience being in a remote silo situation. ...
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Necessity to micro manage off shore developers [closed]

In a large organization, every morning a manager from the HQ office has a meeting with the dev team(s) based offshore (India) and checks the work they've done. He's very tech savvy, and says that he ...
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How can I encourage remote employees to ask for help?

We've recently acquired a new developer who's working remotely with occasional visits. The initial period of friction has passed, but they're still very reluctant to ask for help and would spend ...
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Difficulties meeting client face-to-face

I am a remote project manager for company XYZ. For most of our past projects, we have no issues with managing the client's feedback; as always technology (emails, video calls etc.) plays a big part in ...
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Is it normal to find managing remote teams/subcontractors harder?

Typical problems I have found that there is: a delay in communication, even after using project planning tools. More delays. Remote worker not having the self discipline to work structured hours and ...
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iPad for Scrum to Skype or Google Hangout [closed]

I am thinking of using iPad as a Scrum tool to Skype/Google Hangout to coordinate better with our offshore team in a different country. I am planning to hang the iPad onto the scrum board 'top-...