In the past two years, I have published 6 books. The project was organized as crowd-writing, with very good results. What I intended to do with the books was share best practices among the distributed agile community. 30 experts from all over the world contributed articles. The books can be downloaded for free from our site.
For years, we’ve been thinking about THE solution for managing remote teams. We came to believe that there is no magic bullet, no one size fits all solution. It’s a process, hard work. The agile ‘philosophy’ does definitely help remote teamwork, but we both believe only Scrum is not the solution. There is a lot more you need to take care off. We decided to combine our knowledge and experience and share it with you!
We want to write a book about this topic. A method which helps globally distributed teams to manage their work better. And we need your help! So our plan is to write a book, yes a real book. A book that will help project managers, team leads, coaches, Scrum Masters, CEO and other people who deal with managing remote teams on a daily basis to become successful. It will provide practical tools and solutions to everyday challenges in global teams. We want you to read the book and be able to apply the tools and solutions next day.
The book is not only for software development teams, it is also for the finance, HR, marketing, etc.. We believe remote teams will be a common approach in many industries in the next years, so why only focus on software development teams?
Our plan is to release one section every two months, so we finish the book latest by the end of the year. In the spirit of crowd writing, we want you also to engage in our project. Give feedback about the section, give us compliments, tells us where we need to add more detail etc.
We will cover the following 5 topics in the book:
Structure, how to decide on which team set up?
Assembling a team, how do you choose the right people?
People Management, how do you make sure everyone is engaged and motivated?
Knowledge transfer, how do you share knowledge about the product in the team?
The Tool Definition framework, what kind of tools do you need
We’ll release a beta version of each module. You can then provide your feedback on the contents, so with your help, we’ll create a high value book for the distributed agile community. All contributors will be mentioned in the book.
If you want to be involved, just drops us an email, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We already have some questions for you:
What topics would you like to see addressed within the 5 chapters we plan? What do you think about the topics we’ve planned so far?
One thing we discussed is that many people believe ‘agile’ is the solution to distributed work. Our view is that agile is great but you definitely need more. What do you think?
What are the specific challenges you face or you heard about from other people, that you would like to learn solutions for?
Check out the video about the book project by Hugo and Ralph.
We hope you’ll take a couple of minutes to share your ideas and look forward to talking to you!
Hugo Messer, the CEO of Ekipa is a Remote Team Expert. Hugo has been building and managing teams around the world for over 10 years. His passion is to empower people spread across cultures, geography and time zones to collaborate. Be it offshoring or nearshoring, he knows what it takes to make a global cooperation work. To know more about Hugo and his global team building programs visit www.hugomesser.com
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