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Dissemination of knowledge in the team, avoiding the experts

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  • lou schwartz
    Hi everybody, I always heard that in an agile team one of the principle is the dissemination of knowledge in the team and thus the avoiding of experts. But I
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 28, 2012
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      Hi everybody,

      I always heard that in an agile team one of the principle is the dissemination of knowledge in the team and thus the avoiding of experts.
      But I can't find serious source that explains it.
      It is right or not ?
      Do you have sources on this ?

      Thanks.

      Lou Schwartz
      R&D Engineer
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    • Anders Ramsay
      I wouldn t call it dissemination since that seems to imply one-way top-down information broadcasting. I also wouldn t call it a principle, but more a practice,
      Message 2 of 5 , Feb 28, 2012
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        I wouldn't call it dissemination since that seems to imply one-way top-down information broadcasting.

        I also wouldn't call it a principle, but more a practice, or even simply one of many intended outcomes of common Agile practices, such as that of continually pairing with different team members.

        But just because you are continuously distributing of knowledge among team members (and likely also doing some mutual teaching as well) doesn't mean you won't have a need for experts, since they have skills/knowledge/experience that goes beyond what is being shared at the project level.
         
        On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 4:33 AM, lou schwartz <schwartz.lou@...> wrote:
         

        Hi everybody,

        I always heard that in an agile team one of the principle is the dissemination of knowledge in the team and thus the avoiding of experts.
        But I can't find serious source that explains it.
        It is right or not ?
        Do you have sources on this ?

        Thanks.

        Lou Schwartz
        R&D Engineer
        --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

        Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor
        SSI - Service Science and Innovation
        Unit SISE - Software Intensive Services Engineering
        29, avenue John F. Kennedy
        L-1855 Luxembourg

        Tel: +352 42 59 91-2775
        Fax: +352 42 59 91 - 777
        E-mail :lou.schwartz@...
        www.tudor.lu
        --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Please do not print this document unless it is necessary. Consider the environment.


      • Mark Levison
        Perhaps this blog post will help: http://agilepainrelief.com/notesfromatooluser/2012/02/scrummaster-talesthe-team-gets-bottlenecked.html - caveat self
        Message 3 of 5 , Feb 28, 2012
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          Perhaps this blog post will help:  http://agilepainrelief.com/notesfromatooluser/2012/02/scrummaster-talesthe-team-gets-bottlenecked.html  - caveat self promotion warning :-)

          Cheers
          Mark Levison

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          On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 4:33 AM, lou schwartz <schwartz.lou@...> wrote:
           

          Hi everybody,

          I always heard that in an agile team one of the principle is the dissemination of knowledge in the team and thus the avoiding of experts.
          But I can't find serious source that explains it.
          It is right or not ?
          Do you have sources on this ?

          Thanks.

          Lou Schwartz
          R&D Engineer
          --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

          Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor
          SSI - Service Science and Innovation
          Unit SISE - Software Intensive Services Engineering
          29, avenue John F. Kennedy
          L-1855 Luxembourg

          Tel: +352 42 59 91-2775
          Fax: +352 42 59 91 - 777
          E-mail :lou.schwartz@...
          www.tudor.lu
          --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
          Please do not print this document unless it is necessary. Consider the environment.


        • pauloldfield1
          (responding to Lou) ... Try: http://www.agilemodeling.com/essays/generalizingSpecialists.htm particularly 5. Fewer Bottlenecks I have quite a bit more info
          Message 4 of 5 , Feb 29, 2012
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            (responding to Lou)

            > I always heard that in an agile team one of the principle is the
            > dissemination of knowledge in the team and thus the avoiding of experts.
            > But I can't find serious source that explains it.
            > It is right or not ?
            > Do you have sources on this ?

            Try: http://www.agilemodeling.com/essays/generalizingSpecialists.htm
            particularly "5. Fewer Bottlenecks"

            I have quite a bit more info but not online.

            Paul Oldfield
            Capgemini
          • lou schwartz
            Thank you. It is a very interesting source. It illustrates well what I had understood. Lou Schwartz 2012/2/29 pauloldfield1
            Message 5 of 5 , Mar 6, 2012
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              Thank you.
              It is a very interesting source. It illustrates well what I had understood.

              Lou Schwartz

              2012/2/29 pauloldfield1 <Paul.Oldfield@...>
               

              (responding to Lou)



              > I always heard that in an agile team one of the principle is the
              > dissemination of knowledge in the team and thus the avoiding of experts.
              > But I can't find serious source that explains it.
              > It is right or not ?
              > Do you have sources on this ?

              Try: http://www.agilemodeling.com/essays/generalizingSpecialists.htm
              particularly "5. Fewer Bottlenecks"

              I have quite a bit more info but not online.

              Paul Oldfield
              Capgemini


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