Building a distributed team can be a challenge and growing distributed agility takes work. There are a host of logistic and tooling concerns to consider, yet it is my opinion that the most important task is to build health into the relationship of geographically and culturally diverse people.
When growing your team, consider these questions:
Are individuals becoming more self-motivated or are the company incentives getting more “creative.”
Are the team members improving processes and tooling or are the processes and tools becoming a burden?
Do the team members trust one another or is CYA the prevailing attitude?
Did you — or even could you— notice a team member’s new haircut?
Can you tell when someone is feeling lonely or afraid?
Would the team rather jettison a troubled team member or work hard to encourage then restore him or her?