Distributed Agile: 8 ways to get more from your distributed teams

Date:
Thursday 29 May 2014

Time:
6.00pm - 8.00pm

Venue:
BCS, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Speaker:
Keith Richards

Cost:
Free to attend for both BCS members and non-members

Agile is now commonly used in most organisations but most people struggle when the conditions are not in the ideal agile sweet-spot of collocation and small teams. In fact most organisations rarely experience situations that are ideal for agile due to working internationally, with multiple teams and perhaps 3rd party suppliers. This webinar will look at what things you need to get right and will cover areas such as:

  • How do you get agile to work on large-scale projects when teams are in different locations?
  • How do you address widely differing time zones with small overlaps?
  • How significant are cultural differences?
  • How do you create a ‘rich communication’ environment?
  • What problems are to do with agile, and what are just problems, and nothing to do with agile!
  • How important are the tools you use?
  • Do traditional project management disciplines have a role to play?

Offshoring is here to stay but the successful use of agile in this environment is still the exception and not the rule. This presentation will directly address how to improve agile in a distributed context. It will challenge existing perceptions and present alternatives that may surprise you.

It will also focus on what the number one problem really is and this may not be what you think it is!

Speaker Bio:

Keith Richards

Keith is the founder and director of Keith Richards Consultants (KRC), a company which specialises in using agile approaches to improve the way organisations manage projects and business change.

Keith has over 30 years’ experience in I.T. and project management. He is a board member of the DSDM Consortium. He is an accredited DSDM Advanced Practitioner and Trainer, an accredited PRINCE2 Practitioner and an IAF Accredited Facilitator.

Keith has worked across all industry sectors and has been involved with a wide range of clients from SMEs to large government organisations.

Specialising in the leading edge approach of combining Agile with PRINCE2, Keith is the author of the book ‘Agile Project Management’ (published by TSO).

In 2007, Keith led the team that created DSDM Atern, the latest version of the DSDM framework. In 2010 Keith was involved in the development of “Agile Project Management”, the new training course and qualification from the APMG.

In October 2011 Keith was awarded “Most Valuable Agile Player UK” at the Agile Awards in London. An award recognising a decade of thought leadership, innovation and above all delivery.