4 Tips for IT Leaders Moving Their Organization to a Remote Workforce

March 23, 2020

Changing to a remote workforce in a time of crisis might seem like a daunting challenge. However, it doesn’t have to be. Here are four tips for a smoother transition.

Moving to a work-from-home paradigm is a new reality for many organizations in today’s world. Making the successful transition requires thoughtful consideration of people, process, and tools. Here are four tips for IT leaders who are gearing up for (or in the process of) moving their organization to a remote workforce:

 

Build a resilient culture.

Resilient cultures are Agile by nature. It’s important for leaders to create an atmosphere of resiliency in an organization as a part of making any big change. Cultural resiliency is about bringing together how your culture, values, vision, and work product flow and adapt to change, helping both individuals and the organization. In many cases, this resiliency manifests itself through a series of small changes — such as implementation of the “morning stand-up” ceremony in a Scrum methodology — that may seem modest by themselves, but together are significant.

 

Consider how you lead.

Leaders have a unique role to play in moving to a strong remote environment. Those who share accurate and genuine information, admit uncertainty and how they will find answers, embrace change, and empower the whole team to innovate and evolve will drive the most effective transition to a remote workforce.

 

Assemble the right mix of tools.

Moving an organization from within four walls to a remote, at-home environment requires the right toolset. Pulling together communication, collaboration, and other related tools will ensure a productive work environment even when teams are not in the same location. For example: the use of an Agile workflow management tool that integrates with an automated build and release pipeline. Such a tool allows a team to allocate work, automatically publish completed work, and validate the quality of work in near real-time — with the state of all work at any moment being visible to the entire team as well as other stakeholders.

 

Anticipate challenges.

Moving to a remote workforce will present challenges. Typical challenges fall into two areas: technical (connectivity, access to systems, regulatory considerations, and scalability) and people (appropriate workspace and professionalism at home). The key is to anticipate the challenges and adapt as the organization moves forward.

 

Moving to a remote workforce has become necessary for many organizations in today’s environment. As you move to a remote work environment, it’s important to thoroughly enable your people, processes, and tools to ensure you continue to operate efficiently and effectively.

For more information about changing your organization to a work-from-home environment, watch our on-demand webinar, Don’t Sacrifice: Agility, Velocity, and Quality for Remote Capabilities

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