Darko Nikolic

Darko (Bachelor of Computer Science, currently studying MBA – Strategic Information Management) is a motivated and passionate IT professional with more than 5 years of software engineering experience. Currently, he is working on multi-site agile project practicing DevOps as a full-stack web developer in Comtrade. He is a big fan of Agile and Scrum and its everyday practitioner. He is certified Scrum master and one of the organizers of ShareIT Sarajevo meetups.

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?