Red Tangerine is a wonderful organisation focused on agile and lean practices. They are currently conducting a worldwide research project about the different applications and variations of agile methodologies in several countries and companies. David and Glaudia, founders of Red Tangerine, came to intive-FDV in order to see how we make the best use of agile in our daily work. We were very interested in their goals and their findings, and we interviewed David about their beliefs, goals, and findings up to now.
Red Tangerine aims
Life is full of “moments of inspiration”, and David and Glaudia had one of their own when they were inspired to learn more about the challenges that are born when agile is implemented in different countries, where each country will have their own subcultural particularities. Glaudia lives in the UK and is half Dutch and half Italian. She has already faced different approaches and ways of management from people in these different countries, and felt that there are even more differences out there. So they both decided to go around the world and dig into this a little more.
The two variables they are going to investigate are “culture” and “scrum adoption”. David believes there’s no chance of finding a single way of working that could possibly fit with every person, culture or country. No methodology could possibly work in every country around the world without adapting it. For instance, Argentinians and Italians could work well together. Also, Germans and British could make a great team. These are countries with similar cultures. But what happens when you mix Asian people with an Argentinian? Or an American with an African?
In this case, David and Glaudia are aiming to raise awareness and start a discussion about cultural differences. In particular, multicultural teams need to have a strong focus on understanding each other to find their own and unique way of working together. This understanding of culture will allow teams to customise agile practices to their particular environment, and at last (but not least) arrive at a working agreement that works for everyone.
We think it’s important to take this insight into account not only when it comes to remote teams, but also to multicultural teams as happens at our Argentinian office, where we congregate people from different Latin America spots (not to forget there’s also a dev from China working with us).
Findings during their visit to intive-FDV
From David and Glaudia’s point of view, intive-FDV is a people-centric place, with an innovative culture that’s similar to a lot of startups around the world. We show we embrace agile values by empowering teams to design and develop products in collaboration with the client. We are really trusting of our teams, who are engaged, motivated and are aligned with the goals of intive-FDV. But we know there are, for sure, some areas for improvement. David told us about the importance of good internal communication, especially as the company gets bigger, so we’ll continue to work on that.
Red Tangerine will now continue their investigation in other LATAM countries, Asia and Europe. They hope to present their results at the Global Scrum Gathering of the Scrum Alliance, to be held in London this year.
Many thanks for visiting us, providing feedback, sharing with us a beautiful journey (although through very scorching weather, we know) and lately joining our call to clarify our thoughts with an open heart and a big smile. Hope to see you soon!