We wanted to faciliate a team building activity between two teams- one located in the West coast, and another in the East coast. The two teams did not know each other. This is the first time they are working together. One team was staffed by people from the client, and the other was by the vendor. As a result, there were some work culture differences. The teams were communicating through Scrum Masters and Proxy Product owners. Developers did not know each other and shyed away from communicating directly. Also getting in the way was the 3-hour time differences between the two teams. Overall, annonimity resulted in lack of trust and was contributing to the overall frustration between the teams.
We decided to faciliate a remote team buidling session using a vedio conferencing session. Prior to the event, we did the following:
- One team is a all-women team.
- Eleven languages are spoken between the two teams.
- Six countries represented based on birth places.