Monday, March 12, 2007

agile telecommuters?

I would be very interested in hearing if anyone other than Kent Beck has stories about telecommuting for software development projects, particularly agile-ish software projects, with high-bandwidth communication requirements and short iterations and such.

My original assumption was that it was a widespread practice, but now I think it's much more rare than I had assumed. Which is strange, considering the savings to the business on office infrastructure, etc. and the availability of communication tools like IM, Skype, VPNs etc. Not to mention cheap airfare when you have to make that site visit.

I am also interested in promoting the practice-- if you are a telecommuting wannabe, you should say so as well.

I want to live in paradise and no one else seems to want to (although, if you all did, it wouldn't be paradise any more)
-Kent Beck (on the extremeprogramming mail list)


Luke said...

At Socialtext, our developers and QA folks are all distributed. We use our wiki to track our (typically) one week iterations:

Chris McMahon said...

Hi Luke...

Socialtext just posted an open QA position today-- I hope I get it, your company seems to be doing a number of really good things.

jjmarie said...

My company was purchased last month by a company that does Agile. Many of us have telecommuted for years with the old company. I am interested in any advice to support my continued telecommuting as me and my colleagues adopt Agile.

Chris McMahon said...

Hi jjmarie

Take a look at the link posted above by Luke, for examples of distributed agile in action.