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Good Remote Agile Practices — First Insights from the Survey

May 18, 2020

TL; DR: Good Remote Agile Practices

The first insights are available from the Remote Agile Survey: What are good remote agile practices, and what are possible low-hanging fruits that haven’t yet been tried by a majority of participants? Moreover, we learn if new collaboration practices have been tested and if so what those are. 

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First Insights from the Survey

The survey comprises of 27 questions and covers the following areas:

  • Individual, organizational, and team challenges 
  • Collaboration issues
  • Performance metrics
  • Management reaction
  • Effective team activities
  • Tools and governance
  • Good and newly acquired practices.
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For this sneak-preview, we chose the two questions from the collaboration part:

  1. Good remote working practices: What practices have been working well for your distributed team?
  2. New collaboration practices: Have you adopted new practices to improve team collaboration since starting remote work?

This is what we found so far:

The Most Popular Remote Practices

The Most Popular Remote Practices

The most popular practice so far is absolute transparency, practiced by 32 percent, following by sustainable work pace, visualize progress, everyone’s accessible for everyone, ‘teamwork’ over ‘individual work,’ and (remote) working agreements which are all in the range of 17 to 21 percent.

The Least Explored Remote Practices

The Least Explored Remote Practices


The least explored remote agile practice seems to be the maker schedule (do-not-disturb hours); almost half of the participants haven’t yet tried the practice. Also, extended documentation, the promotion of writing and communication skills, dial-in as a default for meetings, extending timeboxes while working remotely, and reducing work-in-progress limits have not yet been considered by around 40 percent of all participants.

Have You Tried New Collaboration Practices?

Have You Tried New Collaboration Practices?

It is not a big surprise that many respondents name Liberating Structures in the first place regarding exploring new collaboration practices. More interesting is that 25 percent of the participants note that they haven’t been trying out novel collaboration practices. Otherwise, Management 3.0, Non-violent Communication, and Training from the Back of Room have become more popular among distributed teams.

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We aim to collect 500 replies by mid of June 2020 for validity purposes, so that the resulting report should be available by the end of July 2020. As of 2020-05-18, we already have 225-plus data-sets and about 250 to go. So, if you like to contribute to the survey, now is an excellent time!

The remote Agile survey is anonymous and provided by a Google form. (If your company’s firewall settings prevent you from using in Google form at work, please consider answering it at home or from a device that bypasses the firewall.)

Remote Agile Survey 2020

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📺 Practices and Tools [Replay of a Live Virtual Class]

At the end of March, we ran a Remote Agile Practices & Tools live virtual class with about 30 participants from all over Europe, the Eastern Seaboard, and Canada. The participants agreed on recording it and make it available to the agile community. We edited the recording slightly; for example, we removed the waiting time during the exercise timeboxes. Otherwise, the video accurately reflects how one way of collaborating with a distributed team using Zoom breakout rooms may work.

Except for three teaching blocks of about 20 minutes in total, the whole Remote Agile Practices & Tools class of 2:45 hours comprised of interactive work:

If you have any questions regarding the class, please let me know via the comments, or contact me in the Hands-on Agile Slack community.

If the video snippet does not play, please watch the video on Youtube: Remote Agile (1) Replay: Practices and Tools for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Product Owners.

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