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How does the Scrum team decrease the difference between Capacity and Velocity (contd..) ?

For the past few posts (Geographically separate Scrum teams), I have been writing about the geographic distance between Scrum teams and how this distance can affect the efficiency of these Scrum teams; and some ways of combating this fall in efficiency. In this post, I will continue on the same line and write some more on this same subject.
In many cases, you have large software projects with teams distributed over the world, or atleast being located in multiple geographic locations. It is required that in such cases, the teams needs to respect some of the rules of Scrum, setting the team size to be around 7-10 people, and wherever possible, set each team to be as much co-located as possible. If it is possible to set a Scrum team to be co-located, then setting up a Scrum of Scrums for each of these teams to inter-act with each other can bring about a large increase in efficiency. These Scrum of scrums enable these teams to coordinate dependencies between each other, raise issues, and leads to an increase in effectiveness. Further, if the coordination between these teams is improved, then the distances between these teams can actually prove to be advantage, and can result in an almost round-the-clock operation.
The aspect of teams being able to feel close to each other can make a lot of difference, and one possible configuration that has helped a lot of teams is where there is a liberal use of video-conferencing. So, teams sitting in a room where they can see their counterparts from other teams on large video screens and vice-versa and in real time increases the connectivity and connections between the teams sitting in different geographies. Using a phone based or audio conferencing suffers from the inability to make visual contact. However, with video conferencing, there needs to be more strict discipline in terms of teams making sure that they are there in the meeting on time (irritation about needing to wait is much more enhanced when the person who is late is not in the same geographic location; you tend to feel some distance from people in other locations, and may not know them as well as somebody in your own location). Also, there would be a need to compromise on the exact time of the meeting, since the time distance between the teams may result in a time that is not convenient to everybody, but is equally inconvenient for everybody.
Usage of other conferencing tools such as IP phones, Skype, etc for instant and anytime communication between team members is also equally important for ensuring that distances seem reduced. Other tools such as instant messengers are equally important.

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