Workshop: Being Agile in a Remote Team

Location: Garden B

Duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Day of week: Friday

Level: All

Key Takeaways

  • Know the difference between the types of distributed and remote teams and the challenges these teams face around collaboration
  • See how one organisation overcame these challenges and created a truly collaborative, agile culture despite being completely remote
  • Have a list of tools which can be used to support remote collaboration and know how they have contributed
  • Identified ways they can adopt these ideas in their own organisations
  • Have some additional resources to explore in their own context
  • Have some fun while learning


Participants should come prepared with their own questions and challenges around working in remote teams.  Addressing these will be part of the workshop.

In this experiential and interactive workshop, Shane discusses his experience working in a distributed, virtual organization which is founded on an Agile Mindset. The workshop covers the challenges of maintaining agility when remote, the ways the ICAgile team have consciously designed their team and organization culture. It also provides actionable advice based on real experience on how to maintain collaboration, teamwork and live the agile values in a remote-only organization.

ICAgile is a global, virtual organisation working with partners across over 100 countries spanning almost every timezone. There is no single corporate office and the ICAgile team is spread across seven locations in three countries. We have managed to build a strong collaborative culture and a truly safe working environment focused on outcomes rather than activities, holding each other to account and being really effective and productive while having a joyful workplace.

Speaker: Shane Hastie

Director of Agile Learning Programs @ICAgile

Shane leads the Culture and Methods editorial team for where he hosts the weekly InfoQ Culture Podcast. He is the Director of Agile Learning Programs for ICAgile. He has oversight in the strategic direction and expansion of ICAgile’s learning programs, including maintaining and extending ICAgile’s learning objectives, providing thought leadership, collaborating with industry experts, and supporting the larger ICAgile community.

Over the last 30+ years Shane has been a practitioner and leader of developers, testers, trainers, project managers and business analysts, helping teams to deliver results that align with overall business objectives. He has worked with large and small organisations, from individual teams to large transformations all around the world. He draws on over 30 years of practical experience across all levels of Information Technology and software intensive product development. Shane was a director of the Agile Alliance from 2011 to 2016 and is the founding Chair of Agile Alliance New Zealand. “I firmly believe that humanistic way of working and the agile mindset are desperately needed in organisations all around the globe today. Taking agile values and principles beyond software is important and making sure they are properly embedded is absolutely crucial for success – we’re in an industry that touches every aspect of people’s lives and massively influences society as a whole and I want to be a part of making sure that industry is both ethical and sustainable.”

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