“Swarming” is a technique whereby many members of a Scrum team work together to deliver a User Story, taking advantage of the skills of many team members together. In this article, Johanna Rothman asks the question: How do you do swarming in a distributed team?
When the Scrum team is located in different countries and timezones, the article recommend to focus on a single story at the time. Other advices is to work in smaller timeboxes and use a kaban board to visualize the progress. Her conclusion is that “swarming across time and space is difficult. If you use tools that allow you to see each other’s workspace, that helps. But, what really helps is seeing the work in progress.”