In the IT industry, we have seen a gradual increase in the availability and advancement of hardware and software tools that promote collaboration among geographically distributed teams. This evolution in toolsets for collaboration among geographically distributed teams has come a long way, but measuring the effectiveness of collaboration has remained equally complex. I have noticed that a practical approach to understanding the effectiveness of collaboration in distributed agile teams is to observe the signs that matter the most. Let me share some of them here.
Signs of effective collaboration
Successful distributed teams have one prime factor in common. It is collaborative spirit! While collaborative spirit is essential for all project teams in general, the challenges of distributed agile teams necessitate the continuous existence of this spirit at all times, right from the early stages of projects in order to ensure successful product releases.
Collaborative spirit boosts communication and coordination. With collaborative spirit, team members learn faster, improve soft skills and foster mutual respect. Collaborative spirit is contagious and it enables project teams go beyond the pre-defined set of ceremonies prescribed by methodologies. This is when teams identify processes that serve the purpose, and thereby maximize the value delivered to customers.
What else have you observed in collaborative teams? Let us discuss.