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Agile for Distributed Teams


Distributed​ ​teams​ ​are​ ​a​ ​reality​ ​for​ ​all​ ​of​ ​us​ ​today:​ ​whether​ ​you​ ​work​ ​in​ ​a​ ​startup,​ ​a​ ​BigCo,​ ​a​ ​government​ ​agency​ ​or​ ​a​ ​nonprofit.​ ​And​ ​when​ ​you​ ​are​ ​working​ ​with​ ​people​ ​who​ ​aren't​ ​always​ ​in​ ​the​ ​same​ ​room​ ​at​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time,​ ​everything​ ​suddenly​ ​gets​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​harder.​ ​A​ ​big​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​problem​ ​is​ ​that​ ​traditional​ ​Agile​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​practices​ ​haven't​ ​adapted​ ​well​ ​to​ ​a​ ​distributed​ ​world.

January's​ ​Beyond​ ​Agile​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​different​ ​as​ ​we​ ​take​ ​a​ ​hands-on​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​understanding​ ​how​ ​distributed​ ​agile​ ​teams​ ​can​ ​work​ ​better!​ ​​ ​Instead​ ​of​ ​a​ ​traditional​ ​presentation,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​have​ ​a​ ​fun,​ ​fast-paced,​ ​very​ ​immersive​ ​experience​ ​that​ ​actually​ ​solves​ ​a​ ​real-world​ ​problem​ ​in​ ​real-time,​ ​as​ ​a​ ​distributed​ ​team!

Our​ ​featured​ ​speaker​ ​is​ ​Arun​ ​Kumar,​ ​founder​ ​and​ ​CEO​ ​of​ ​Kerika.​ ​Arun​ ​will​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​short​ ​introduction​ ​on​ ​how​ ​distributed​ ​agile​ ​teams​ ​are​ ​succeeding​ ​in​ ​different​ ​sectors​ ​and​ ​geographies,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​we​ ​will​ ​jump​ ​right​ ​into​ ​a​ ​real​ ​distributed​ ​team​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​Jeff​ ​Pasek​ ​and​ ​Aki​ ​Namioka.


Arun​ ​Kumar,​​ ​​founder​​ ​​and​​ ​​CEO​​ ​​of​​ ​​Kerika,​​ ​​has​​ ​​delivered​ ​innovation​​ ​​in​​ ​​software​​ ​​and​​ ​​financial​​ ​​services​​ ​​for​​ ​​nearly​​ ​​three​ ​decades,​​ ​​across​​ ​​four​​ ​​continents.​

Earlier​ ​adventures​ ​including​ ​transitioning​ ​Onvia's​ ​IT​ ​from​ ​Waterfall​ ​to​ ​Agile;​ ​​serving​​ ​​on​ ​the​ ​board​​ ​​for​​ ​​a​​ ​​startup​​​ ​​in​​ ​​Stockholm;​​ ​​creating​​ ​​the​ ​first​ ​pan-European​​ ​​electronic,​​ ​​stock​​ ​​exchange;​​ ​​developing​ ​E-Business​​ ​​strategy​​ ​​for​​ ​​Morgan​ ​Stanley​​ ​​in​​ ​​the​​ ​​New​​ ​​York​​ ​​and​​ ​​London;​​ ​​and​ ​building​ ​teams​ ​and​ ​delivering​ ​projects​ ​in​​ ​​Tokyo,​​ ​​Hong​​ ​​Kong​,​​ ​​Singapore,​ ​Buenos​ ​Aires​ ​and​ ​Frankfurt.

In​​ ​​addition​​ ​​to​​ ​​his​​ ​​day​​ ​​job​​ ​​as​​ ​​CEO​​ ​​of​​ ​​Kerika,​​ ​​Arun​​ ​​is​​ ​​also​​ ​​Chair​​ ​​for​​ ​​the​​ ​​Startup​​ ​​Programs​​ ​​at​​ ​​TiE​​ ​​Seattle.​​ ​You​​ ​​can​​ ​​follow​​ ​​Arun​​ ​​@kerika

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  • Mark V.

    the exercise really exposed how important the co-ordinative role is for distributed teams. having a mechanism for the teams' scrum masters / product owners to leverage the agile advantage is critical. the exercise also demonstrated what happens when distributed teams don't have a common understanding of how each team works. thanks, aki & arun.

    January 31, 2014

  • Michael R. W.

    It was great to try a different meeting format – and immersive simulation game.

    January 23, 2014

  • Todd C.

    The retrospective was the best part

    January 23, 2014

  • Jeff S.

    Anyone making the trip from Eastside Wednesday? Happy to drive or ride. I am in Downtown Kirkland.

    January 20, 2014

  • Stan C.

    Distributed Teams are becoming the norm rather then the exception

    January 13, 2014

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