DistantJob Podcast
Episode 26

From Chaos to Agility with Mark Kilby and Johanna Rothman

Luis Magalhaes published on

How can remote teams be Agile? Are there any tips, tools, strategies that can help communicate the Agile principles and implement them in distributed teams? There are. Many. And that’s a good thing, because no single one applies to all teams. Authors Mark Kilby and Johanna Rothman explain how their latest book is meant to pave the way for a new age of distributed work. 

Welcome to the DistantJob Podcast, a show where we interview the most successful remote leaders, picking their brains on how to build and lead remote teams who win.

Mark Kilby is a seasoned agile coach, and co-founder of several North-American Agile communities. Johanna Rothman is a prolific author, management expert, and teacher of best management practices. Both are experienced software engineers, and by their powers combined, they are the co-authors of the newest book about remote agile: “From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams.”

In this episode, we go through their experience with writing the book, and take a long, hard look at the common pitfalls that remote teams face - and where adopting Agile principles might help. We discuss how to promote cross-functionality; how to “sell” management and employees on Agile practices; how to preserve the health and sanity of remote managers; the importance of timezone overlap; and much, much more!


Want to continue the conversation with Mark and Johanna? 

Find them on Twitter and LinkedIn: 

Mark Kilby (@mkilby) on Twitter (https://twitter.com/mkilby)


Johanna Rothman (@johannarothman) on Twitter (https://twitter.com/johannarothman)



Johanna’s Books, Blogs, Newsletter and services:



Everything Mark Kilby (Blogs, Talks, Podcasts):



Recommended Books:

From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver (https://amzn.to/2GpLMDE)

This is Lean: Resolving the Efficiency Paradox (https://amzn.to/2GzfYg3)

Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Reviews (https://amzn.to/2GldfXp)


Recommended Tools:

A Good Webcam (https://amzn.to/2Gsi41c)

Jabra Speak 510 (http://bit.ly/2UKZATe)

DIODER LED 4-piece light strip set (http://bit.ly/2Gqxt1V)


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