Overcoming Challenges of Distributed Teams

Limor Bergman Gross

Executive Coach at LBG Consulting Service Ltd



In this article, we will discuss the unique challenges faced by distributed engineering teams and provide practical solutions for improving communication and engagement. We will draw insights from a conversation among top-tier engineers, focusing on the issue of engagement within the team.

The Challenge of Engagement

One of the main challenges faced by distributed engineering teams is the lack of engagement among team members. This can be attributed to various factors, including scheduling difficulties and the absence of in-person interaction. As one engineer highlighted, "It's very hard to schedule meetings because of the global time zones, and some team members are not used to having many meetings."

The Importance of Engagement

Engagement is crucial for fostering collaboration and innovation within a team. It is essential for team members to actively participate in discussions, provide feedback, and take ownership of their work. As another engineer mentioned, "I believe that if the engineering lead is more engaged, they would serve as an example and that will pass on to their teams as well."

Understanding Motivations and Aspirations

To improve engagement, it is important for engineering leaders to understand the motivations and aspirations of their team members. By having open conversations and setting clear expectations, leaders can create a culture that encourages active participation and ownership. As one engineer stated, "I think it's easier for me to understand the motivations of some people, but for others, it's not clear. I need more data to understand what motivates them."

Creating a Culture of Engagement

To create a culture of engagement, it is important to start with the leadership team. By setting an example and actively participating in discussions, leaders can inspire their team members to do the same. As one engineer suggested, "If the leads or engineers post something in a channel or ask a question, it would be helpful if everyone could contribute and provide feedback."

Defining Roles and Expectations

To further promote engagement, it is important to define roles and expectations clearly. By providing job descriptions and competency metrics, team members can have a better understanding of their career growth opportunities. As one engineer mentioned, "We are working on defining job descriptions and competency metrics for each level. This will help team members understand what is expected of them and how they can grow within the organization."


Improving engagement within distributed engineering teams is a complex challenge. However, by understanding the motivations and aspirations of team members, creating a culture of engagement, and defining roles and expectations, leaders can foster a more collaborative and engaged team. As one engineer stated, "It's important to start with the leadership team and set an example. By actively participating in discussions and providing feedback, leaders can inspire their team members to do the same."

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Limor Bergman Gross

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