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Remote work is all around us. And it’s great! But, as it’s widely commented in the agile community, it poses some specific challenges when implementing Scrum or other agile approaches. Below you will find some tips on how we tackle them at Netguru. But before we go there, let’s debunk one myth: Neither Scrum Guide nor Agile Manifesto forbids remote setups
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What makes a specific person a good Project Manager? Is it soft communication skills? An analytical brain that manages budgets and timelines? High-level multitasking capabilities? If you ask me, I’d say that a pinch of everything will do the job.
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To say that the people who work for Netguru are scattered the length and breadth of the country still wouldn’t give you the full picture. Now, it’s true that we have 9 offices in Poland, but our employees aren’t obliged to actually go there to work. As a result, you can meet Netgurals in Cyprus, Buenos Aires, Budapest, Tel Aviv or even Kuwait. How I make sure that our workflow goes smoothly and manage my team if it’s a hundreds miles away? Simple - by sticking to the 10 rules of running a remote team, which I would like to share with you now.
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Lessons learned do not account for much unless they are recorded, improved upon, and spread. Sharing knowledge is one of the pillars of our culture. We came to a point where we realized that we’d learned so much in recent years, we had outgrown the bandwidth of our usual publication channel – our blog.
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You’re a project manager about to take over the management of a new software project and all you get is a one-pager. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there, but there are a few easy steps you can take to get to know your product better. They will help you make more informed decisions, manage risks better, and have a greater impact on the success of your team, project, and product. 
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Many people will tell you that coming back to the same organisation after you had once decided to leave is not a great idea. For a very long time I absolutely agreed with that hypothesis. Over a year ago I decided I would like to come back to Netguru more than 2.5 years after leaving. 
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Success is a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. —Jim Rohn Someone said that the one-percent improvement approach (also known as continuous improvement) can make one win a medal at the Olympic Games. It might not be the only reason to apply this approach in your life. Continuous improvement is a great tool (or rather a mindset) you can use to achieve your long term goals, and become more efficient, organized, productive and happy. 
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This post will give you an idea what skills and knowledge are required for project managers and whether technical expertise is the protein or a spice.
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Making sure your teams works like a well-oiled machine is no easy task. That said, it’s a task you should be committed to throughout the project to make sure the efficiency is maintained, instead of only achieving it temporarily. Maintaining the efficiency of our teams is one of the most important roles of a Project Manager in Netguru. While we tend to it in every project, there is no universal recipe for it, as each of our team setups is unique.
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Balancing time, money, scope, resources – those are just some of the Project Manager responsibilities. PM has to ensure that difficult projects are handled and positive results are obtained. We have to take care of proper communication between the team and the Client. Challenges are part of our job too.
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