Rick Anderson, Wind River Systems
The agile project management methodology Scrum was designed for teams that are co-located. Unfortunately that is not a common reality in the high technology world we live in. Indeed, companies continue to expand geographically and overseas, more employees are working from home and many large corporations now hire the best talent regardless of project location.
When co-location is not possible, Scrum can still be used with some tailoring. This presentation will talk about Dispersed Scrum – how to use Scrum in with remote workers. Several successful techniques will be shared on how to use Scrum when the project team is not co-located including dealing with team communication, local site leadership, handling Daily Scrum Meetings and ScrumMaster and Product Owner challenges. Most of the techniques presented will be valuable to anyone who works with employees at remote sites regardless of methodology.
The paper assumes a basic understanding of the Scrum methodology. Primers on Scrum can easily be found on the web (see reference ) or in book form .