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Chapter 12. Multisite


Thinking about Multisite 414

Team Structure and Sites 417

Interaction & Coordination 423


Cover of Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Large, Multisite, and Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum


With the global nature of business, you are likely to encounter multi-site development teams. Of course, this situation can greatly hinder communication and delay the successful completion of the project. This lesson provides guidelines and techniques to help you coach teams that are not co-located.

The most powerful solution is not to answer the question, “How can we do agile development in this case?” The essential solution is to change the organizational design and site strategy—an example of the difference between point kaizen and system kaizen in lean thinking. Changes include

  • fewer sites
  • at each site, a small group of extraordinary people who work in feature teams, rather than large groups of medio...