Why to distribute agile?
These days’ working with distributed agile teams is reality; according to versionone survey around 57% of agile teams are working in distributed way. Surely there are overheads or challenges, but it’s all about trade-off between ‘Distributed Agile overheads’ versus below advantages.
- Global Talent: Companies go wider their nets, to hire high quality talents across the globe. Visa availability, relocation costs, willingness of the new employee to relocate is the common factors which tend to adopt a distributed team.
- Global Market: As businesses expand globally, companies need to gain expertise in those markets. This can be accomplished through mergers or local-partners located in these markets.
- Cost-Effective: This is one of the major factors that companies often seek outsourcing the work to region with cheaper development overhead.
- Time to Market: Distributed team model helps to handle the pressure of time to market irrespective of time zone differences.
- Round the Clock Development: When the level of distribution is wider, software development happens round the clock.
A distributed team is a group of individuals who work across time, space and organizational boundaries but are linked through well-established loops of communication technology. However, managing distributed teams is a difficult people management process. Therefore, maintaining a healthy workflow among the distributed teams spread across multiple projects is a challenge to the management.