Remote Agility – Scrum beyond co-location

“Scrum doesn’t forbid remote setups”
– Being a scrum practitioner, my experience supports that scrum is possible in a remote organization.

Agility is all about the ability to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and environments.
– Remote work is yet another change during this time of the pandemic. So how do we make sure the transition to virtual co-location is easier yet effective?

Does Scrum support virtual co-location? Do you have all this in your head? Great, let’s talk more about this.
Hi, I’m Shalu Pandey and I’m a Lead IT Project Manager at Stonestep, Nepal. I have been practicing agile through Scrum to manage software development projects for more than 3 years now. I must say I’ve been fortunate enough to experience working with both the co-located and remote teams. So how did I manage it all?

Scrum does not mention co-location at all. One of the Agile Manifesto Principles states that “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation”. I don’t disagree at all. We all know the Face-to-face conversation is the most efficient and effective. But it’s not limited to a co-located team and often our remote options suit in this context.

To cope up with both the situation, I thought about what is so great about being co-located. My thought process always weighed in what merits and opportunities do we have in such a setup? And then think about my remote team. How can we achieve the same results here? What solutions and tools would we need to emulate these opportunities?

Using the right tools and techniques, “WE” not “I”, have been managing our projects remotely and yet successfully.”WE” because that’s where we start from setting the norms of building trust and transparency to make sure we are around a common goal.