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How to manage remote developers?

Managing remote developers: There is sound advice here already, with respect to JIRA and frequent calls to stay in touch. Having managed distant development for the last two years here are a few extra ...
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Can a Scrum Master be effective when working mostly remotely?

There are two major impacts of a remote Scrum Master in my experience. The first is that meetings like the retrospective and sprint planning are a real challenge. The biggest problems are usually ...
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questions around "standups" for remote team

It isn't clear from your post if your team is practicing Scrum, so I'll start with general information before going to Scrum. There is no single right way to run a stand-up meeting. You can call it ...
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How to manage remote developers?

You can measure results. You can't measure hours in front of screen (and probably shouldn't). You need to agree on a goal and a deadline. Given step 2., you need to talk each time the current goal is ...
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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?

Start with the "why". What information exactly is it that Senior Management is looking for. What are they using that information for? It could be as simple as wanting to see progress, or open to ...
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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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How to encourage more participation in web scrum meetings?

In my experience periods of silence in a retrospective are caused by the following: The team sees no value in the retrospective The team is too large and people are uncomfortable talking The team has ...
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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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Engaging remote team members in sprint planning

Have you tried using Trello for this? Although we don't have any "permanent" remote workers, we do have several members of the team who work away from the office for months at a time. We have the "...
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How to encourage more participation in web scrum meetings?

I had a similar situation to this, with a distributed team that was getting quite large, and there was a lot of "wasted" time in side conversations, silences, or people needing to be pulled out of ...
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Product Owner in different time zone from scrum team

Well, one by-the-book answer is: don't. The Daily Scrum is a 15-minute time-boxed event for the Development Team. Your attendance is not required. And as long as you do your job in Ensuring ...
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Is it ok to assign story point with a few developers if new task is added during a sprint?

So, if I understand your question correctly, you are asking if story points are still meaningful if only a few developers (not all) estimate those story points for the work that you need to do in the ...
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team building activities for remote team

I'm a fan of using a web conference with video to highlight the team member's individual work environments. Kind of like an MTV Cribs-type virtual tour get together that allows each team member to ...
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How can I encourage remote employees to ask for help?

Don't. You're asking a subjective question - we don't have nearly enough information to provide an answer, but the inference I would draw is that the individual is reluctant to ask for help. You ...
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team building activities for remote team

From the university courses and companies I was at remotely / with some distance, it was common to use a Facebook Group from where we all would connect and discuss relevant content (updates from the ...
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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'd expand on Joel BC answer - 'why' is the key, and being from a very similar environment (multi location / cultural place with hundreds of people reporting to a single head) I believe that ...
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How to manage remote developers?

Transparency is key. I've been working with remote teams for the last few years, and I have had the most success when you have an easily visible measure of progress. It's essential to have small ...
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How to manage remote developers?

Managing remote/near-shore/off-shore development teams can certainly be a daunting prospect, especially if you haven't worked with them before and have yet to build up any trust/rapport. How can you ...
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What are effective techniques for conducting retrospectives for a geographically-distributed team?

We recently had two retrospectives where parties joined from two continents. It wasn't that different than having the whole team in one room. The key is where you store the information. It is common ...
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How to manage remote developers?

The answers here are good in that they emphasize transparency, setting expectations, testing deliverables, anticipating disengagement, problem anticipation, and tooling. However, I think integrating ...
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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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Difficulties meeting client face-to-face

One of the keys to a successful meeting is having the right people in the room. That seems obvious but it's amazing how often it doesn't happen and you find yourself saying 'that's a question for Jane ...
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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?

It looks like you're doing the right thing by moving to an automated system of sorts. The thing that will be most up to date will be the code and the Pull Requests or the patches that are proposed. ...
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Can a Scrum Master be effective when working mostly remotely?

The real question is, can the team work remotely. Of all the roles, the Scrum Master is not more or less dependent on good communication than the other roles. At least not if they work as a team. Sure,...
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How to work in Implementations when your technical operations is in another time zone?

First of all, what's the difference between 'remote' and 'local' PM? Where these two roles differ? As the question stands, it looks like just you have a redundant position on the main office while the ...
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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?

Well.. Your question caption states that you're wondering if you should use daily reports in your team, however as it turns out to be, you cannot decline using such the reports and the issue is ...
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Is there a terminology for projects spanning across multiple time zones?

There's the term Virtual team (also known as a geographically dispersed team, distributed team, or remote team) which defines the ones made up of people in different physical locations. One can also ...
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Necessity to micro manage off shore developers

Agile is very much built around trust and empowerment. Micromanaging and trying to 'catch out' teams is incompatible with this. Some of the effects of the current approach include: By providing top-...
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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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