Succeed as a Distributed Agile Team

What you need to know to succeed as a distributed agile team.

Do you worry about your distributed team’s ability to use an agile approach? Or, is the agile approach your team chose not quite delivering the value you expected?

This course is about helping your distributed agile team become successful using an agile approach. You might realize you need a different agile approach than you originally thought--and that’s fine. As long as you have an agile approach that works for your team, your team can realize the agile promise.

In this course, you will see:

  • How to recognize when your team does and does not have sufficient hours of overlap.
  • How to “create” more hours of overlap.
  • How to measure cycle time.
  • How to assess your distributed agile team’s work environment and capabilities
  • How to help your team collaborate with various communications tools and communications channels.
  • How to adapt common, collocated agile practices to distributed agile practices, including planning, reconnecting on the work, and visualizing the work.

As part of this course, we will invite you to a Slack community. While the course is self-paced, we suggest homework in every section of the course. When we work privately with clients, they have questions on the homework. We suspect you will also have questions. The Slack community offers a place for people to help each other.

We offer lab hours in the Slack community, when we guarantee we will be online. Right now, those hours are 9 am Eastern and 8 pm Eastern, Monday-Friday, regular workdays. (We will have vacation times, and Murphy’s Law says that sometimes we will take vacation the same week. However, we are able to be in the Slack almost every day to offer our perspectives.)

Also, as part of this course, we will give you a copy of the electronic book. You have 30 days from the time you receive the coupon to redeem the book. If you miss the time window, email us.

In addition, if you want to buy print copies, we are pleased to offer discounts on the print book for US shipping addresses:

  • No discount for fewer than 5 print books.
  • For 5 -10 print books, a 15% discount. No shipping/handling charges.
  • For 10 or more books, a 25% discount. No shipping/handling charges. Please email us for details.

If you want to buy print copies outside the US, please email us and we will work with you on a reasonable discount.

Please join us and help your distributed team succeed with an agile approach.

Do you want to enroll more than one person? Here's our discount schedule for multiple enrollments:

  • No discount for 1-4 people
  • 5-9 people: 10% discount for each person. We'll give you a coupon code.
  • 10-20 people: 20% discount for each person. We'll give you a coupon code.
  • more than 21 people: 30% discount for each person. We'll give you a coupon code.

Questions? Email us.

Your Instructor

Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby
Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough problems. See her books, blog, and other resources at and

As an agile coach, Mark Kilby has cultivated more distributed and dispersed teams than collocated teams. He’s coached as a consultant, an internal coach, and as a facilitator of distributed professional communities. His easy-going style helps teams learn to collaborate and discover their path to success and sustainability. See for his blog and articles

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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