Posts for the month of November 2011

Thinking Distributed to Improve Agility

source:/BRANCH/TRUNK/artifacts/presentations/jax_2011_autumn_edition.png Today (2nd Nov 2011) I gave a talk titled "Thinking Distributed to Improve Agility" at  JAX 2011 in London. This was the first talk in the Architecture track on the second day of the conference. This is bleed over from Agile Day yesterday, but also talked to the architecture of teams within an organisation.

The premise of the talk was that, contrary to poplar belief, distributed teams exhibit characteristics that can make it easier for them to transition to agile and improve their agility. In contrast co-located teams can somehow struggle to transition and be agile. I take a look at organisational patterns and crowd communication in an attempt to explain why this might be the case.

I've uploaded the  slides from the presentation as a PDF. Hopefully it will be a good read.

There was some good feedback from the talk, with one person observing that one aspect of the distributed teams is that you are forced to do things well, otherwise you simply cannot survive. Very true in many ways but certainly only one aspect of the overall problem.

The conference has been very good with a high standard of talks over all, highly recommended to anyone who hasn't been to JAX before.