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 unfeasible. 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.
The Agile Research Network: Advait Deshpande, Helen Sharp and Leonor Barroca (The Open University); Peggy Gregory and Katie Taylor (University of Central Lancashire)