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How to motivate offshore teams and trust them to deliver?

when pushed to do 60, they will deliver 60. This is a pretty meaningless measure in these circumstances. A team could drop quality to deliver more points or simply game the estimation of stories. ...
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How to motivate offshore teams and trust them to deliver?

Velocity Isn't a Productivity Metric In other words, when they are left to decide how much is too much, they will say commit to 40 points, whereas when pushed to do 60, they will deliver 60. If ...
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How to motivate offshore teams and trust them to deliver?

TL,DR The throughput of an outsourcing team depends mainly on culture and expectations on them. Consider both aspects before acting. I believe there are a few aspects that are prerequisites to be ...
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What approach of story points suit our team

It sounds like you've got a few layers of challenges. First and foremost, it doesn't sound like you have a team so much as a group of people that have been put together on an org chart. If the ...
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Quicker Retrospectives? They are taking longer and are less effective now we are working from home because of COVID

The first item in the Agile Manifesto is: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Your question lists a bunch of tools and asks about more tools, some that are more flexible to use ...
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Quicker Retrospectives? They are taking longer and are less effective now we are working from home because of COVID

All the team members can agree on some set of guidelines to help. We are following these fun guidelines that are working very well for us: No person can talk for more than 1 minute at a time. Every ...
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Quicker Retrospectives? They are taking longer and are less effective now we are working from home because of COVID

A few additional suggestions that we've tried with some success: To specify seating order, you can do things like: have everyone roll dice (slack has a D&D dice roller app, use /roll d100 to get ...
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How to motivate offshore teams and trust them to deliver?

I have 13 years development experience. I worked as an outsource engineer for Weight Watchers from Jordan, and then later in my life I did manage outsource teams myself. I also managed onshore teams. ...
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What approach of story points suit our team

I concur with some of the other points made, specifically: Not really a team and sounds more like multiple teams of one. Knowledge dissemination is also an issue. No real benchmark for the estimating....
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What approach of story points suit our team

It seems to me like you have two issues: lack of knowledge dissemination, and lack of an estimation benchmark. Knowledge Dissemination Currently it looks like all of your developers have a bus ...
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How to handle agile ceremonies for sparsely distributed team members

Recommendation: Split the team in into 2 teams Goal: Team doesn't have to take hit of staying late / coming early Prerequisite: Stories teams going to work should be independent as much as possible. ...
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What approach of story points suit our team

I'm currently managing 7 teams that contribute to a single project. While we're one large "team", each team does their own estimates. This sounds very close to what you have -- one large team, made up ...
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Creating Requirements for API teams

You can choose to go one of two ways. Detailed, up front requirements. Very precise, not flexible and required a lot of up-front work. Goal based "Stories" that describe what the end user experience ...
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Quicker Retrospectives? They are taking longer and are less effective now we are working from home because of COVID

But also, let it be said that most of the software teams that I have worked with over many decades are entirely or partly "remote." (Even within the USA, which is a very big country.) Some people ...
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How to do Large-Scale Scrum LeSS or Nexus with remote teams?

Short answer: yes. Being remote and geographically separated does bring challenges, but they are no different than facilitating any other meetings or teamwork in the same circumstances. You're going ...
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Quicker Retrospectives? They are taking longer and are less effective now we are working from home because of COVID

You will have to realize that video conferencing is a far cry from a face-to-face meeting. Almost all the non-verbal communication that takes place in a face-to-face meeting goes out the door in a ...
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What approach of story points suit our team

And how about not estimating at all? Just count the number of stories (each is 1) and thus discover the team's velocity. I heard promising stories based on this approach. Alternatively you could use ...
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What approach of story points suit our team

Have you tried simply counting the stories/tasks/PBIs/Whatever per period of time? There have been multiple studies done that show SP estimation is only marginally more accurate. The increased ...
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Define who will work on each project

If you are the decision maker as to which team each new employee goes, then I would suggest to remove the team lead from the equation in this situation and here's why: In this situation, since each ...
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setting ITIL as a common framework for multiple IT teams around the world

I'm not all that familiar with the details of ITIL. When I've run across it, what I have usually found is the process was stagnating the origanization. What I would advise is flip things around, ...
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Creating Requirements for API teams

TL;DR Give them the problem to solve, tell them why it's valuable, and introduce them to the real person who has that problem Better requirements are only a small improvement; forming a cross-...
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Creating Requirements for API teams

Regardless of the type of project, it is difficult to go wrong by following the INVEST framework. You've tagged your question as Agile. Are you using user stories? Do those stories have tasks under ...
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Quicker Retrospectives? They are taking longer and are less effective now we are working from home because of COVID

You can take a look at https://funretro.io/ service. You can share the board in advance so that team adds their points in advance. This will speed up the retrospective. This service offers several ...
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Ideas to solve separation of concerns when creating software engineer teams if the project is monorepo

Preliminary Note This question is likely to be closed as either off-topic (engineering), or as too broad or list-generating. That said, there is an underlying core that relates to project management, ...
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How to run a successful Lunch and Learn program for distributed Scrum team

Since the question has no hard boundaries and some points are left open, I'll try to have an abstract view on it in order to provide some ideas and ways you might find useful. Is your question about "...
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Tracking resource allocation across multiple projects - GitHub?

Anton - I had a very similar problem. I ended up building out a platform to help with project forecasting. It has some light CRM features and some light time entry features but we'll be enhancing ...
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