Mark Kilby helps us understand the difference and how to work together (apart).
Mark started as a software engineer and gracefully immersed himself into the world of agile/ light methods that seemed so crazy they might actually work! He has acquired a deep understanding of both agile and distributed working over the decades, working with some of the very best practitioners in the world.
Together with Johana Rothman, he has written the excellent ‘From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver’ the practical and accessible handbook for Managers of, Facilitators to, and Distributed teams themselves.
We begin to fully understand the real constraints of Distributed working and how to deal with them, for example using empathy and structuring remote time and practice correctly. Mark’s insights on how scrum will not work for distributed teams without the right amount of time overlap is based on working with 100s of teams in this area. Each time the importance of connection and relationship is key to success. And as for tools? They’re great but there is always a constraint to deal with.
Despite his experience, Mark is never prescriptive. Rather he gives teams and organizations the tools and helps to find their own path: to inspect and adapt.