The Agile Manifesto says face-to-face interaction trumps all other forms of communication and colocated teams are the ideal.
But what to do when a team is distributed across a province, or a country, or internationally?
Mario Lucero shares his solution in “Virtual Retrospectives”.
He suggests using a virtual board and if anyone has had experience with this please leave a comment below. It would be great to read how this has been used with success.
With or without this virtual board, I really think he is on to something. With tact and wisdom, virtual meetings through online forums such as Google Hangouts or Skype can really give the impression of being face-to-face with people.
It provides more visual body-language cues which are missing in phone calls and this is bound to help keep communication among a distributed team much stronger.