Leading Remote Agile Teams

With the current shift to distance learning, the question has come up concerning how to manage/lead geographically distributed Agile teams.

I think this is a particularly challenging situation to be in since Agile teams tend to be non-hierarchical, and their smooth functioning assumes excellent, frequent communication between not only team members but also between the team and their client representatives.  So, when a team needs to work remotely, how does Agile methodology adapt to distributed work??


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