5 min on Scrum | How to do Scrum Scaling with international teams?

How to run run Scrum with international teams on 4 destinations: PL, HUN, AUT, DE) — Vienna

Easy piece of cake! Really Scrum supports this way of working. You only need to understand that each team need to perform a daily Scrum and you have to splitt all teams. So instead of having four teams:

  1. one in PL
  2. one in HUN
  3. one in AUT
  4. one in DE

You have 4 Teams:

  1. one in PL, HUN, AUT, DE
  2. one in PL, HUN, AUT, DE
  3. one in PL, HUN, AUT, DE
  4. one in PL, HUN, AUT, DE

So I do not believe that we need to structure this project in this way, but that would make the most sense. And it will ensure that all teams are forced to come up with an architecture that maps this organization (Conways law).

The communication overhead is tremendous. But — the only different, more economic and more fun solution for everybody would be to bring build the project in a way that all people can work on one location.

The real issue is not the distribution of teams but the lack of communication.

3 responses to “5 min on Scrum | How to do Scrum Scaling with international teams?

  1. There’s a paper from Jeff Sutherland about this subject:
    http://jeffsutherland.com/scrum/2006/06/distributed-scrum-agile-project.html

    I agree with the lack of communication and overhead in the process.

    In your case you are working in a “Totally Integrated Scrums”.

    But you could also consider having teams collaborating in one location and working with the scrum of scrums concept, with scrum masters talking to each other to synchronize teams. In this case the concept is the “Distributed Scrum of Scrums”.

    I worked fine with the “Distributed Scrum of Scrums” concept. It works fine, even more if you have different time zones in place. Sometimes you can’t have people working in different locations if you have a big time zone difference. I could find some issues with the cross functional process when having totally integrated scrums.

    I worked on a paper about this with some colleagues. It will be presented at the ICGSE 2008 (http://icgse2008.di.uniba.it/).

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