Hybrid Agile for Global Teams

Monday 13 June 2016

6.00pm - 8.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members. 

Workshop Summary:

More global teams than ever now are using agile methods (from 35% in 2012 to 80% in 2014, according to one report). However collaboration in globally distributed teams is difficult due to differences in time, space, culture and knowledge. Several techniques have been promoted to bridge these gaps, but sometimes agile practices have to be “tweaked” to work in such environments.

Our workshop will be aimed at agile practitioners working, or planning to work in, global agile teams and will use a highly interactive participatory approach to reveal new techniques in managing this process.

Workshop participants will: 

  • Generate their own global agile software team challenges “word cloud”
  • Discuss among themselves their solutions to these issues
  • Map their own teams’ experiences using a sliding scale and a bespoke card game
  • Learn about the “Collaborative Tuning Approach” for hybrid agile teams
  • Create their own hybrid agile management patterns
  • Network with other practitioners who may have similar distributed agile challenges.

This workshop will demonstrate how hybrid agile patterns emerge and evolve creating interactive stability and synergy when working in globally distributed agile teams.

About the speakers:

Dr Pamela Abbott is an Information Systems lecturer at Brunel University London, with 10 years experience in researching offshore software service providers. Within the last 6 years she has worked on an international collaborative research project with UK and China based researchers investigating the competitive strategies employed by Chinese IT service provider firms (see report on this project). Part of this work included researching global agile teams in these Chinese IT service provider firms. The outputs produced a number of prestigious awards including Best Information Systems Publication 2014.

Ms Sunila Modi is a part-time information systems researcher and is completing her PhD at Brunel University London, under the supervision of Dr Pamela Abbott. Her 5-year doctoral research has centred on global agile software development teams, studying a large UK-based financial institution with offshore development services in India.  She has presented at a number of conferences including UKAIS and IEEE Global Software Engineering Conference. She has also been an active member of the Agile Meetup community presenting aspects of her research. She is a visiting lecturer at University of Westminster teaching agile methods on a number of project management modules.