Distributed Scrum Teams are inherently less efficient than Teams located in the same place. The reason for this performance difference is that people working far away and at different times creates a complex array of communication Impediments. Distributed Teams almost always deliver product slower, with more bugs, and higher costs.
Basically, if the Teams aren’t sitting together in the same room, people don’t talk as much and details slip through the cracks. Team members that don’t talk as much also don’t understand each other’s work style and are less likely to anticipate another Team members needs or feel comfortable pro-actively approaching someone to work through a problem.
As a result, any cost savings an organization may achieve from moving to a cheaper labor market often evaporates. For example, if outsourcing saves the company 70% in labor but the new Team is only 25% as productive, the company actually looses money.
Because Scrum helps Teams achieve Hyper-Productivity, it changes the basic economics of outsourcing. Scrum Inc. recommends only distributing when looking for a skill set that is hard to find at home or when trying to serve a remote market. However, globalization makes working in different locations a reality, so in the online course below we outline a number techniques that will minimize the damage.
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