Building Resilience in Geographically Distributed Teams - Part 1
May 26, 2020

Jonathan Fries
Exadel

Real digital transformation is built on a foundation of adaptability and the ability to embrace change. As we all face new challenges, I am offering some tips as a way to look deeply at your distributed work that is occurring and evaluate where and how it might be improved.

Distributed work can help us to create more resilient teams and help mitigate the impact of substantial upheavals whether they are market-driven or the result of events that happen in the outside world (geo-political unrest, war, disease, etc), or a combination.

A major part of this potential resilience is effective distributed development teams and taking advantage of the core business value of distributing to multiple locations/geographies. Here are those key benefits of distributed development teams:

1. Availability of Deeper Skills

Effective use of distributed teams gives you access to a significantly increased talent pool. You can take advantage of developers in one geography and AI specialists in another. If there is a geographic pool of talent, effective geographic distribution allows you to tie into the talent without fear of loss of productivity.

2. Increased Velocity

By using developers across multiple time zones you can increase the daily velocity of a team and deliver more value sooner. Effective team distribution also allows you to fill gaps more quickly, use on demand resources better, and leverage team members who may wish to work from home regularly or for a specific period.

3. Lower Development Costs

By finding the right partner in the right places you can build up your team with high value resources at lower prices, thereby delivering more and better customer value at the same price tag.

4. Protect Against Disruption

Having team members in distributed locations, and with the ability to work from other remote locations (home or office) allows you the greatest team elasticity and keeps people working and productive.

It is worth noting that all distributed development teams are not created equal. Teams that have a high degree of density in remote locations may not fare as well when put under stress.

Go to Building Resilience in Geographically Distributed Teams - Part 2

Jonathan Fries is VP Engineering and Digital Transformation at Exadel
Share this

Industry News

June 25, 2024

JFrog has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Qwak AI Ltd., creator of an AI and MLOps platform.

June 25, 2024

OutSystems announced that OutSystems Developer Cloud (ODC) has achieved SOC 2 attestation, a requirement of organizations deploying mission-critical systems and applications that manage sensitive personal data.

June 25, 2024

Bitwarden announced public beta availability for integrating Bitwarden Secrets Manager into Kubernetes workflows for developers and DevOps teams.

June 25, 2024

GitLab achieved “In Process” designation at the Moderate impact level from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

June 24, 2024

Grid Dynamics announced its AI for Developer Productivity Toolkit.

June 24, 2024

Multiplayer, a collaborative developer platform for teams who work on distributed software, officially announced its General Availability.

June 24, 2024

DataStax announced major updates to its Generative AI development platform that help make retrieval augmented generation (RAG) powered application development 100X faster.

June 24, 2024

Kobiton announced that its mobile app testing platform now supports the beta version of iOS 18.

June 20, 2024

Oracle announced new application development capabilities to enable developers to rapidly build and deploy applications on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

June 20, 2024

SUSE® announced new capabilities across its Linux, cloud native, and edge portfolio of enterprise infrastructure solutions to help unlock the infinite potential of open source in enterprises.

June 20, 2024

Redgate Software announced the acquisition of DB-Engines, an independent source of objective data in the database management systems market.

June 18, 2024

Parasoft has achieved "Awardable" status through the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office's (CDAO) Tradewinds Solutions Marketplace.

June 18, 2024

SmartBear launched two innovations that fundamentally change how both API and functional tests are performed, integrating SmartBear HaloAI, trusted AI-driven technology, and marking a significant step forward in the company's AI strategy.

June 18, 2024

Datadog announced the general availability of Datadog App Builder, a low-code development tool that helps teams rapidly create self-service applications and integrate them securely into their monitoring stacks.

June 17, 2024

Netlify announced a new Adobe Experience Manager integration to ease the transition from legacy web architecture to composable architecture.