Mar-7-2008

Distributed communications mediums

Post written by Chris Spagnuolo. Follow Chris on Twitter 2 comments

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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  1. Chris Spagnuolo's EdgeHopper said,

    [...] of collaboration between distributed team members to a higher level. Although these may never be as rich as face-to-face communications, I do believe they can help distributed teams perform [...]

  2. Did we forget how to talk to each other? | Chris Spagnuolo's EdgeHopper said,

    [...] organization or team is is striving for continuous improvement, it’s imperative that really rich communication occurs between all team members, from top to bottom and everywhere in between. So why, if this is [...]

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