Agile + DevOps East 2021 Concurrent Session : What Makes Great Distributed Agile Teams Tick


Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

What Makes Great Distributed Agile Teams Tick

The digital revolution is here. The last year has seen remote work across teams take a leap forward. Management has gained the confidence that teams of people they cannot see, walk up to and check up on can actually get things done. Rather than policing workers, we are trusting them to get stuff done. Companies are even committing to distributed working in the future, shedding central office space and promising permanent distributed workforces. However, working on distributed teams is challenging. Sure, the technology is getting better all the time. And getting sufficient bandwidth and decent video conferencing tools working has helped get teams working remotely. But there’s much more to our jobs than having access to good tech and being able to see one another. What, exactly, makes great distributed teams tick? We believe there are four dimensions to high performing virtual teams, that spell out WISE (W - wellbeing, I - innovation, S - serendipity, E - environment)

Vivian Xu

Vivian Xu is an experienced project manager and agile lead in financial service and non-profit environments. Vivian has managed multi-million dollar integration and operational automation projects in complex high-pressure environments. A passionate Agile evangelist, Vivian recently completed her advanced scrum master and product owner (A-CSM and A-CSPO) certifications. Following Vivian's completion of the Certified Agile Leadership (CAL), she is intent on growing her agile leadership skills and experience. Vivian has recently presented at the Toronto Agile Conference and PMI Toronto and is an engaged community member and frequent speaker. Vivian is recognized for bringing customer experience and business agility to distributed teams.