Amela Teftedarija

Amela (M.Sc Electrical Engineering) is lead QA engineer and team manager in Comtrade with more than 10 years of professional experience in software development industry and proficiency in test automation.

She is certified Scrum master and owner of ISTQB Foundation Level Certificate. Currently, she is working on multi-site agile project practicing Scrum. She is a big fan of Scrum framework and its everyday practitioner. She is an active member of Comtrade testing community (QUEST) and one of the organizers of ShareIT Sarajevo meetups. Also, recently she started speaking at international conferences and absolutely loved it.

Think globally, act locally – build stronger distributed agile teams

Many companies today deliver software developed by teams distributed in multiple geographical locations.There is a real need for it since organizations get more and more global and it should not be avoided. And how is agile affected by this? Is working in distributed teams anti-agile? In this kind of teams, communication can be a real challenge. Face-to-face communication has no substitute and agile development depends on constant collaboration. We are not able to have a shared whiteboard and truly collaborate together. Bad connections and different time zones are just part of the problem. And culture differences in working and communicating can come as both benefit and a drawback.
In this presentation, we will explore some of the drawbacks as well as benefits of working in distributed agile team and some of our best tips and methods that helped us to increase team productivity. We would like to share with you some of the real case examples from our experience in being part of distributed agile teams on several international projects over the years.

Key Take-Away Points:
• Challenges that can arise in distributed agile teams
• Some of the strategies to address those challenges
• How to turn work in a distributed team in your favor?