Agile Book Club: Whole Team

Agile is all about teamwork, which makes “Whole Team” one of the most foundational practices in the book. In this book club session, we looked at what it means to have a successful Agile team.

📖 Reading: Whole Team

🎙 Discussion prompts:

  • The reading talks about customer skills, development skills, and coaching skills. Which skills have been important for your teams? Why?

  • A successful team is cross-functional, with all the skills needed to accomplish its purpose. What barriers have you encountered in creating cross-functional teams, and how have you overcome them (or not)?

  • Generalizing specialists, or “T-shaped people,” are an important concept for Agile teams, but sometimes hard for people to accept. How have you seen folks react to the idea? What are some ways to help them accept it?

  • Agile teams are made up of peers who self-organize around their work. What does this look like when it’s at its best?

About the Book Club

The Art of Agile Development Book Club takes place Fridays from 8:00 – 8:45am Pacific. Each session uses an excerpt from the new edition of my book, The Art of Agile Development, as a jumping-off point for a wide-ranging discussion about Agile ideas and practices.

Visit the event page for more information, including an archive of past sessions. For more about the book, visit the Art of Agile Development home page.

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