1797Cross Cultural Teams
- Dec 7, 2005--- In email@example.com, "Desilets, Alain"
>Darn, just before I was going fire off an angry reply. ;-)
> Therefore, if you come to this list and feel that your discipline (be it
> U* or Agile development) is being dismissed, you are probably not coming
> to it with an open mind.
> -- Alain:
> BTW: in the above I didn't mean you, Ron Vutpakdi (I know you have an
> open mind ;-)). I meant the generic you, as in "if someone comes to this
> list and feels etc..."
Seriously, I think that part of this discussion highlights what I've
thought for many years (starting back when I was primarily a
developer): the hardest part of software development (in a team) isn't
the technology, the architecture, or the interaction design: it's the
people aspect of working in a team and working with those outside of
the team proper.
Seems to me that cross cultural communication and understanding is one
of the biggest challenges where the "cross cultural" could be the
result of different disciplines, cultures, languages, locations,
and/or previous experiences. I'm currently slamming my head against
this particular brick wall. Most of the developers that I'm working
with are in Scotland and have never worked with an interaction
designer before. So I've got the discipline, location, culture, and
previous experience divide to bridge (some would also argue that
Scottish English counts as a different language than American English
More face to face time and experience working together would really help.
On a more relevant note, how many people here have worked on an agile
development team split across 6+ time zones? Any suggestions? We
really need the equivalent of a shared team room where we can put up
task/story cards and such, and SharePoint (uggh) just isn't cutting it.
I thought about trying to do a virtual one in Canvas, but that limits
who can effectively update the "wall".
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