Roland Flemm
Agile coach/scrum master @backbase, Netherlands

Roland's technical background in development and infrastructure spans a period of more than 20 years, but more relevant are the 7 years he is working as a scrum master and agile coach.
He worked on numerous projects in various international companies, mainly in the banking industry. All of the projects Roland contributed to, near/and offshoring was involved. Currently he is working as an independent consultant in the role of Agile coach for the CX-tribe of Backbase R&D (Amsterdam). Backbase has 3 near-shore teams in Kiev at Levi-9. He has build up a reputation for a "non-compromise Agility" approach. Roland was very fortunate to work closely in projects with renowned Dutch agilists like Cesario Ramos and Adrie Dolman.

Processes & projects
Remote team facilitation
Roland Flemm:
"Near-, and off-shoring introduces complexity in scrum teams. When we scale scrum, this complexity is amplified and drastically reduces meeting efficiency. Is there a silver bullet to make remote teams high-performant in a (scaled) scrum environment? When facilitating agile workshops, you probably experienced the difficulties of keeping the remote participants involved. And maybe you also know how hard it is to facilitate a highly interactive session with more than 50 people? Or how much harder it gets when 10 of them are connected remotely? I learned time after time participants feel left out, not listened to or find it impossible to follow discussions. Your sessions, intended to boost productivity, demotivate your remote teams. Join this talk if you are a facilitator working with one or more near-shore teams. I will share my day-to-day experiences and insights that will help you to involve your remote teams."