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Remote working: a fact of life!

24 July 2018

Advait Deshpande, Helen Sharp and Leonor Barroca of The Open University and Peggy Gregory and Katie Taylor of the University of Central Lancashire are the brains behind the latest work from the Agile Research Network (ARN) – an eBook and pocketbook looking at remote working.

They have been looking into some of the challenges faced by co-located teams, breaking down the arguments for and against remote working; the pain points, the challenges and the positive steps that can be used to overcome these.

The team delve into a number of case studies, learning from the experience of teams spread across a variety of workplaces, industries and countries.


Executive Summary

Remote working is a fact of life. Although co-location is the gold standard for Agile teams, there are circumstances when such co-location is infeasible. Remote working comes in three main flavours: distributed, where a number of co-located sub-teams are located in different places; dispersed teams, where individuals are distributed in different places; and hybrid teams, where a largely co-located team also includes a number of remote workers. Distributed teams are more common than dispersed or hybrid, and have been studied more fully. All three situations face challenges (pain points), many of which are common in all remote working situations, but some pain points are more painful for certain circumstances.


Members of the Agile Business Consortium can read the eBook in full for free online here.

If you are not a member of the Consortium, the pocketbook is available in the shop or you can become a member from just £10 per year.