Its increasingly common that Agile software development teams are distributed across multiple offices, in different countries, all working remotely on the same product or project. But how do you make this work well? There seem to be a number of readily accepted tenants of conventional wisdom to help deal with leading distributed teams, from seeming good ideas “teams must be co-located” to ones that are purely economic “offshore teams can be run at a far lower cost”.
This presentation explores some uncomfortable realities about many present approaches and attitudes to product ownership in Agile and Scrum teams. Then, it journeys into the past to discover the top secret superpower that all teams working towards agility have, but often forget.