As mentioned above, team formation may take longer if the team includes remote team members, and some deliberate efforts can compensate for this and support better team collaboration. This section contains a number of recommendations that help them do so. When we look at the impact of remote work, we often focus on geographic distribution. However, experience shows us that managing multiple time zones is the biggest challenge. The negative impact that time zones can have on team dynamics should not be underestimated. The first four steps toward high performance described in the Tuckman model (Figure 1) continue as long as the team needs to get to know each other and understand how to work together, building on each other`s strengths. Working across multiple time zones can reduce the “face” time available to the team, so the training, storm, standardization and execution phases take longer. Would you like to share your team`s remote team agreement to help other teams develop their teams? A work agreement is a common set of expectations that a team creates to understand how it will work together and interact. For many teams, this is a valuable advantage. However, the teamwork agreement becomes even more critical when team members work remotely. Depending on the team or the work phase, work agreements may vary and should be modified to reflect changes in the nature of the work or work environment. It should also be reviewed regularly and updated on the basis of learning.
In some teams, a person may work alone in a particular time zone. This means that every day there are times when individuals work completely isolated from the rest of the team (and perhaps most organizations). Working on one`s own for long periods can support mental flow and reduce multiplexing, but it also affects the individual`s ability to integrate into the team and reduces opportunities for collaboration. This should be avoided or, at the very least, reduced to the extent possible. For Scrum teams, Scrum events may have additional significance and relevance in these distributed times. The Daily Scrum is an early day interaction point, a way to agree on expectations for the day ahead. Sprint Planning is a similar way to setting expectations, albeit with a larger work queue. Sprint`s reviews are opportunities for stakeholder feedback and Sprint`s retrospectives are a way to inspect and adapt the way we work.