As we roll out agile practices through the Data Transfer Solutions enterprise, we’ve been taking into account our geographic dispersion. We have ten office locations across the country in various time zones that are all working on agile project teams together. Although agile works best in co-located teams, it is necessary for us to find a way to make it work across the miles. It’s been part of my job to figure out how to make it work.
As I’ve considered different communication strategies, I’ve been building this little “matrix in my head” comparing the richness and risk of each medium. By richness, I mean how interactive, collaborative, and effective the communications are through each medium. Risk is a measure of the reliability of the medium to deliver effective communications. There isn’t a lot of rocket science here, but I thought I’d share it anyway. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far (and this is subject to change as we do a little more “experimenting”):
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