1. Members of the same development team that are not co-located. For example, a single team with members in San Francisco, New York, London, and Bangalore would be a distributed team. 2. On a larger (scaled) development effort, the term distributed teams often refers to multiple collaborating teams that are not co-located at one physical site. For example, one large project might require a team in Chicago, another in Shanghai, and a third in Sydney. These teams would be considered distributed teams (from the overarching perspective of the project) because each is located in a different city. Now, if the members of a particular geographic team are physically co-located, then that team itself is a co-located team (not a distributed team). Contrast with co-located team. See also remote team member.
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