SCRUMShore : a 3rd Culture to mitigate the distance for intercultural distributed teams

is a smart and pragmatic operating model for IT offshoring(*) activities. Based on Agile Methodologies SCRUM, eXtrem Programming, the model embraces the intercultural orientations in innovative way.

ScrumShore 2.0 is now integrating Innovation Games for a Playful Offshoring Approach !!

(*) Beyond offshoring, the model is easily resuable for any kind of 'shoring' (in / close / near / off ..), even between teams working in 2 different departements within the same organisation but with different working cultures.
The Brief Story

The distance created by Offshoring Activities leads to: loss of teamness, coordination breakdown, streched knowledge, lack of visibility, ...
Having a strong background with agile software development, we found that agility is a powerful way to mitigate the remoteness.

Our Vision : a 3rd Culture
key vision behind SCRUMShore is to use agile values, principles, practices as a third culture to bridge 2 intercultural teams, ie to mitigate the distance.

The Agile Intercultural Paradox
But moving on, the intercultural orientations of a team (either national / corporate / team / individual) could either facilitate or block the implementation of agility.

SCRUMShore is an operating model resulting from many years of experience, especially long-term expatriation in India. It has emerged on the floor.

SCRUMShore put the emphasis on intercultural awareness and trust-based relationship.

Pls check the "key documents" page for more.

The 3 Core Components
  • ONE TEAM Values System
    syndrom-killer of the "US / THEM" behaviour

  • Smart Teamwork Foundations
    a based Balanced Working Manifesto on Mutual Expectations

  • Evolutive Delivery Model
    Step by Step Evolution till reaching the 'Feature Team State"

The Golden Sources

SCRUMShore  is inspired by a blend of golden sources, among them

  • the TRUST-Based Relationship (P.Lencioni)

  • Intercultural Models (Hofstede, Hall, Trompenaars, Rosinski)

  • Lateral Thinking (E.De Bono)

  • LSD, SCRUM,¬† eXtrem Programming

  • eSCM (Carnegie Mellon)

Pls check the "golden sources" page for more.