Agile methodologies can be a very effective communication tool for remote workers, particularly in software development-focused fields. Agile approaches emphasize collaboration, communication, and transparency, all of which are critical for effective remote work. Given this, it is crucial to adapt the process to accommodate for the remote setup.
Many companies these days are making the mistake of keeping the “old” approach during the changing times in which hybrid and remote are becoming the norm. Keeping this rigidity for the sake of maintaining the “process” leads to employee exhaustion where Scrum (or Kanban) is seen not as a helpful tool but rather as an additional hurdle…
Hence it is my preference to advertise Agile as a methodology that should be adjusted to individual teams based on their preferences.
By simply avoiding the trap of setting up the “process for the sake of the process” and adapting Scrum for remote teams, it’s possible to maintain the benefits of the methodology and keep teams engaged, motivated, and productive.