Finn, the host of the group started the event by explaining the objective of “ Agile in Offshore” meet up group, and some insights to Exilesoft. I had to play more or less a facilitator/moderator role to keep the discussions going..To have a kick start, I used a real case study to explain why we moved to agile way of working in offshore projects by leaving heavy processes aside.. When finishing 2 slides.., here comes Pizza. It was kind a treat after a long workday as we all were hungry.. :-)
I started the discussions with few prioritized issues we face in offshore projects when using agile, the very first was the challenges when it comes to project initiation with an onshore customer who is not in to agile. In the same time if the onshore customer is in to agile and not the offshore team, how this conversion happens when you are not too sure that other foreign company, it's culture and management structure is ready for agile ..? I soon opened the discussions to the audience as I couldn’t wait anymore standing in front without grabbing a Pizza for myself.. ;-).
Ofcourse the event was time boxed. :-) In 2 hours we had to end the event, Still we received lots of comments from some of the participants who waited little longer. It was a great experience and there were many requests to continue this group. Currently there are 61 members there, so that now we put our thoughts together on how to progress with the group with some new ideas for the upcoming events.