Scrum masters are the spiders in the agile web. They coach the development team and remove their impediments. They spread scrum throughout the company. They teach customers how to work with their company using scrum. And they advice the product owner how to collaborate best with all people involved. In … Continue Reading
Category Archives: Remote Team Management
Most people use agile and scrum interchangeably. It’s often not even clear what the difference is. So last week during our Jakarta scrum meetup, organized at Happy Fresh, we decided to find out. We did a group study on some different agile concepts (Kanban, Lean & Lean startup, … Continue Reading
I am a strong believer of one thing: it’s best to have remote work in your company’s … Continue Reading
EGO creative media solutions has been operating on the mobile development market since 2005. During this long period, we have faced many challenges and have overcome obstacles looking for brilliant solutions. Our CEO and Founder, Eugene Polyanskiy is ready to share our handy experience with colleagues. Originally this article appeared … Continue Reading
Virtual Team Trust Gap
Establishing trust on virtual teams remains a crucial challenge despite the growing proliferation of virtual project teams and diverse collaborative platforms. Jill Nemiro’s prescient “Creativity in Virtual Teams: Key Components for Success” published in 2004 is even more relevant now, twelve years later
Over the years, as an entrepreneur, I’ve always been looking for tools, methods and frameworks to grow my company. I’ve always wanted to build my own company, since early childhood. For that, I did an MBA in Rotterdam. My expectation was to learn about building and growing companies. Although … Continue Reading
We’ve been developing software since 2006. When we first started, we only needed a good text editor and an FTP client to send files to a server. But times have changed – and our business with them. As we grew, we needed a way to keep in touch with customers, … Continue Reading
How many questions do you ask in the course of a day? And what’s your strategy for doing so?
Have you ever noticed how each question … Continue Reading
At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes & adjusts its behaviour accordingly – Agile Manifesto
We all know that at the end of each iteration, we gather and discuss on the agile retrospectives; come up with one retrospective which is worth sharing and … Continue Reading
Global teams are often comprised of people from different nationalities working together across various locations, time zones, and continents, to solve complex business problems. Global team members work in virtual teams and communicate through a mix of e-mail, Instant Messaging (IM), phone, conference call, web conference, and video chat. While … Continue Reading
Do you enjoy going to work everyday at the office? If so, you may be in a minority. Only 13% of workers in the world are happy with their job according to a 2013 poll by Gallup. In general people are unfulfilled, lack motivation and would rather be doing … Continue Reading
Taking leverage of virtual teams for your organisation can be rewarding, bringing many benefits. However, equally to the advantages, managing global teams has its own roadblocks in store – often can be downright frustrating and challenging. The way people from different culture interacts, working attitude, communication can all hinder effective … Continue Reading
Well known in the email world as the Sparrow for Windows, Andrea Loubier is the CEO of Mailbird. Holding a non-tech background and a person with no knowledge on start-ups is now recognized as one of the famous thought leaders and female entrepreneurs in South East Asia. Gathering inspiration … Continue Reading
A few days ago, I joined a meetup about distributed agile: cultural differences. It was hosted by Cognizant and Agile Holland.
The rapidly moving world of software development poses a variety of challenges to organisations. Working agile with remote teams offers an opportunity address these challenges. It offers also a great chance to find expertise and talent in less competitive markets. In 2014 9th State of Agile survey conducted by VersionOne … Continue Reading
Communication breakdown, it’s always the same. I’m having a nervous breakdown, drive me insane!
Being a SaaS entrepreneur is exciting, but also exceptionally challenging. These effects are compounded by having a globally distributed team, with several employees working completely remotely from their homes every day. Our main office … Continue Reading
Hey everyone, I am excited to have Thomas Wingate, the Co-founder of Dreamler, as Ekipa’s next interviewee. Thomas has a strong background in architecture, construction and information logistics. Known for vast knowledge and experience in management consulting, game development and complex construction. Read his previous guest post “How … Continue Reading
More than anything else, great teamwork requires effective communication. And nowhere is that more important than with remote, virtual, or distributed teams – across cultures and non-native languages, not to mention time zones. Any back and forth to clear up misunderstandings equates to lost productivity, uneven flow, context switching … Continue Reading
Is Slack killing email completely? The team collaboration platform has been re-designed and rolls out with a set of integrations, changing the way we do business. Slack being Ekipa’s one of the team communication tool, has helped us improve how we carried out our daily tasks- share docs … Continue Reading
Software developers are often characterized by an intense dedication to sitting in front of their computers and writing code. However, as a profession, software development remained a thriving field throughout the global recession – not only does this indicate that it’s a vital service, but as an industry that’s performing … Continue Reading
In the last decade technological advances have enabled new ways of communicating and collaborating that have been unthinkable not even 15 years ago. We can now meet virtually and see and hear each other in a quality that feels almost as if the person were in the same room.Continue Reading
David Hassell, the CEO of 15Five is an American entrepreneur, marketer, and adventurer. David is the most connected person in Silicon Valley. He owns “The Mansion Series”, the old dinner party series, where entrepreneurs are invited for a night’s fun and partying. The article originally appeared on 15Five … Continue Reading
About four days ago, Asana unveiled a redesign of their popular online task management software. At Ekipa, we rely on Asana to handle the granular day-to-day tasks of our remote business – our team is located in the Netherlands, Turkey, and India, and we love how … Continue Reading
I’ve been working with remote teams for the past 7 years, many of which are globally distributed across EUA, Brazil, India, and China and at least 4 different time zones at a time. I’ve also worked with teams located in Ireland and Canada. What I’ve learned during these years is … Continue Reading
Happy to welcome Tallitha Campos who has more than 12 years of experience in Information Technology, an enthusiast on new trends, technology and culture to discuss on distributed teams from Quality Analyst perspective. As a Quality Assurance Analyst for 8 years, Tallitha’s customer centric approach helps Yellow Pencil deliver user-friendly … Continue Reading
Thoughts from our CMO on #skypedown
We were in the middle of our weekly team strategy call when Skype started getting buggy, and about 10 minutes later, everyone lost all connectivity.
“Oh well,” someone wrote via chat. “Let’s get on Hangouts.”
Within five minutes, we were continuing to talk … Continue Reading
Any manager who works with remote teams needs a combination collaboration tools to work online with both their employees and clients – but often there are so many out there that it’s challenging to choose just one. On the other hand, it can be easy to use too many tools … Continue Reading
As an entrepreneur who brings top quality software teams together with clients who need great service, I’ve had many discussions with people about moving work overseas. If a company isn’t used to offshoring software development, it can be a challenge to help them understand how remote teams can work to … Continue Reading
Startups and mid-size companies that are in a period of high expansion and growth often need to develop and deploy custom software solutions quickly. They then debate whether offshoring or nearshoring software development is the best option – but if there’s not enough budget, or time, outsourcing is usually the … Continue Reading
At Ekipa, we work with companies from around the globe that want delivery and quick reaction from their software development teams, but aren’t ready to make the investment in hiring a team and paying for office space. It’s understandable – some founders prefer to bootstrap, and others aren’t at the … Continue Reading
Ben Linders is an active member of networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer. This article is based on the blog post retrospectives in remote Teams published on Ben Linders – Sharing my Experience.
David Mizne, Content Manager at 15Five, the leading web-based software solution leveraging the communication between managers and employees, aligning goals and accelerating the performance of the organisation. This post originally appeared on 15five.
I am sitting at my kitchen table, writing this post in the shadow of an … Continue Reading
Here, we are excited to welcome the “Pragmatic Manager,” Johanna Rothman, who helps organisational leaders see problems and risks in their product development. A very special thank-you to Johanna, being kind enough to share her experiences, insights on the pragmatic approach to manage remote teams and workshops. You can … Continue Reading
Agilogy, professional Full Stack software developers, delivers customised products to organisations irrespective of the company size. Based in Barcelona, the team specialise in agile software development and experienced to collaborate and work remotely. This article … Continue Reading
Today I am glad to welcome one of the prominent specialists creating online collaborative communities for over 10 years, Lisette Sutherland, on Ekipa. I must say I was lucky enough to be part of the CollaborationSuperpowers pros stories on bridging the distance on remote teams.
Listen to my podcast here… Continue Reading
Lean startup might look as an industry jargon for many, however, the process has flourished beyond Silicon Valley and tops by Eric Ries’ viral release. The lean startup methodology gives companies (not only … Continue Reading
In this post, I have gathered advice from six experts on managing remote teams. I have written 6 books about the topic. I always believe I need to learn from other experts, I asked all these experts on what they see as the 3 pitfalls in offshoring & their advice … Continue Reading
Hiring developers remotely seems to become more popular all the time. I see that some companies actually make this standard procedure – they don’t look for people (only) in their local office, but hire global for each position. I just came across this instructive post about hiring remote developers (… Continue Reading
Last week, I had an opportunity to talk to a group of HR Managers from some big multinational firms in the Netherlands. It was on the topic – ‘Leadership and organisation for distributed teams’, I expressed my views. The slide presentation gives you a clear overview.
At the time … Continue Reading
This is the second Q&A blog post on Ekipa. Our trusted community of software teams will be featured on this blog regularly. To give some more background on the teams we have on Ekipa, we do short interviews in written format.
Seeing what is currently happening in Ukraine is very disturbing. Nations discuss, politicians argue, billions of people can see it on TV. But Ukrainians experience it every day.
In the other parts of the world, especially the developed ones, we can all enjoy a relative peace and prosperity. Does this … Continue Reading