I’d like to present you my personal definition of "Distributed Scrum." Do not take it too seriously. But on the other hand, it's not so wrong, either.
In discussions with newbies about distributed Scrum, I often notice that they view the idea in terms of nearshore/offshore teams. This gave me reason to find a simpler definition, one that makes sense for other types of business people too.
It's a fact that a lot of informal talks, but also social integration, cover important topics during coffee breaks. Thinking about this, I came up with idea that
TO BE ONE TEAM IT HAS TO USE SAME COFFEE MACHINE.
If teams don't do this, they are distributed and should organize themselves as distributed Scrum teams do. I often saw, on the customer side, that those teams are not aware of being distributed teams. In other words, companies with multiple offices, even within the same street/city/country, have distributed teams and should be aware of this fact while implementing Scrum.
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