9. Honing Practices

A man who plans to have the best impact has to seek the best tools.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As in any agile environment, distributed agile development teams must find practices that support their value system. At the same time, in a distributed setting, all team members must be very disciplined following practices to keep all teams moving forward. For example, before members of a global team leave the office to go home, they must ensure that the system is integrated and running (a working build). Otherwise, other team members working in a different time zone won’t be able to integrate their work into the shared code base. Often projects fail because team members do not act in concert. One reason is that people are unaware ...

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