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Accelerating Positive Culture and Engagement with Distributed Teams

October 29, 2020

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Written in 2001 the Agile Manifesto states that in-person interactions are the most effective way to facilitate communication. As technologies and connectivity have evolved, so has the ability for teams to work in different ways. Successful organizations are embracing these new ways of working and reaping tremendous benefits as a result.

Since 2001 it’s become more and more common for team members to be geographically dispersed to the extent that throughout 2020 most teams have been working remote. We have found that not all remote teams perform at the same level, in addition it’s clear there are teams that are working even better remote while others are struggling to cope. With the recent pandemic, it has forced a new way of thinking and working making it critical that agile teams not only survive but thrive during this workplace transition.

Check out this webinar to learn about the practices, tools, and values that have allowed many agile teams to thrive while working remotely and the steps that your organization can take if you have teams or individuals who are struggling.

We discuss:
• What great can look like
• Signs that a team or team member may be struggling
• The role tools play in helping organizations navigate and stay productive
• Steps your organization can take to boost engagement and build positive culture


Eric Naiburg - VP of Marketing and Operations,
Eric is co-author of UML for Database Design and UML for Mere Mortals. Eric is responsible for all aspects of marketing, support, outbound communications, Professional Scrum Trainer programs, partners and operations for Eric was program director at IBM and Rational Software where he was originally hired in 1999 by original Scrum Team member John Scumniotales for who he worked for several years and worked closely with another original Scrum Team member Jeff McKenna sitting in the next desk. At IBM and Rational Eric was responsible for application lifecycle management (ALM), DevOps, Data Governance and Agile solutions.

Danny Presten - Chief Methodologist,
Danny has several transformation tours of duty behind him in which he's worked in agile organizations, consulted with senior leaders and led training initiatives. He is an entrepreneurial self starter with over 20 years experience successfully addressing complex delivery challenges in a variety of industries including web development, e-commerce, healthcare, non profit, supply chain, and legal.

Derek Holt - General Manager, Agile & DevOps,
As General Manager of Agile and DevOps at, Derek brings nearly 20 years of experience leading large enterprise and startup technology companies with a consistent focus on the digital transformation. Derek joined after serving as President & COO of K4Connect, a venture backed IoT software company focused on bringing digital solutions to empower older adults and individuals living with disabilities. He received a BS in Computer Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where he was named a Fuqua Scholar.


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