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Re: [scrumdevelopment] Team Roles during Paradigm Shift to Agile- was - Re: Sprint Goals

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  • Ron Jeffries
    ... Indeed. Were I a specialist wanting to become a generalist, or just a generally out of date old guy wanting to learn something new, I would try never to
    Message 1 of 8 , Jun 21, 2003
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      On Saturday, June 21, 2003, at 5:14:46 PM, Deb wrote:

      > Just yesterday a specialist colleague, who has been trying to
      > participate in a predominantly XP-culture group, expressed
      > frustration at the number of times they felt their presence was
      > unwanted, due to this type of comment. What's being communicated
      > is: "you are inadequate, go away and come back when you know more".
      > This person only persists because, in fact, they are trying to become
      > more of a generalist, to be able contribute more in an Agile
      > environment. It's entirely possible that *some* specialists would
      > welcome becoming generalists. I have.

      Indeed. Were I a specialist wanting to become a generalist, or just a
      generally out of date old guy wanting to learn something new, I would try
      never to wear my specialist hat, and always to wear my beginner's mind. I
      would freely and cheerfully grant that I am as ignorant as one can be and
      still have respiratory functions, and would ask, nay, implore people to
      pair with me. And a /real/ XP culture would do that, since members of a
      real XP culture must say yes when asked to help.

      I would also take on as many mundane tasks as I could while still doing
      whatever tasks required my specialty.

      > By the way, I see this attitude as a failing in the *practise* of
      > Agile, not in Agile itself, which is a set of tools that can be
      > applied badly or well. And there will always be failings in any
      > implementation of Agile... we know that :-) But we persist, none the
      > less.

      Indeed. What else is there?

      Ron Jeffries
      www.XProgramming.com
      Think twice, code once. -- Thaddeus L. Olczyk
      Think all the time. Refactor all the time. Code forever. -- Y.T.
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