Hybrid remote dev teams perform best asynchronously

by Jeremy

After 20 years and a global pandemic, we learned that ‘hybrid remote’ is precisely how software development teams were always meant to work. That is, sections working collaboratively across different locations, time zones, etc., and completing individual tasks asynchronously dependent upon one another.

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Ever since the Agile Manifesto was published in 2001, software development has gone through some drastic changes. Most recent examples include adopting asynchronous communication tools (e.g., Slack & Teams), which created a new default communication style for businesses. The pandemic also forced work from home policies to change abruptly, and the need to hire remote developers and connect small teams increased dramatically. 

Many developers and dev team leaders invited the idea of working remotely because it meant fewer interruptions and more time to focus on tasks at hand, right? Not so fast…

Just because individual productivity can go up doesn’t mean dev team efficiency follows in step. When the entire global dev community went remote simultaneously, did businesses go through the exercise of redefining the ways of working remotely? If not, there’s a good chance the “in the office” mindset crept back in at some point, and interruptions remained. 

Zoom meetings, impromptu daily status updates, and plenty of other distractions keep dev teams shackled away from their deep state of focus. The past year spotlighted the need to transform the hybrid remote reality into an opportunity and strengthen the team’s alignment and the business. Mixed small development is not new, but 2020 accelerated the adoption of many practices already in place. As these hybrid remote methods are normalized globally, we also have to accept the way we work, the processes, and the ceremonies have changed as well.

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