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Re: Solutions (Software) Architect: on the "team" or off?

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  • Peter Hundermark
    Well said! Ultimately the health of the team is more important than any individual, no matter how knowledgeable s/he may be. And, as others have said too, both
    Message 1 of 6 , Apr 29, 2008
      Well said!

      Ultimately the health of the team is more important than any individual,
      no matter how knowledgeable s/he may be.

      And, as others have said too, both patterns will work with people who
      have the right attitude.


      --- In scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com, Peter Stevens <peterstev@...>
      > Hi Doug,
      > I would take your lumps and move on.
      > There are two reasons for this:
      > 1. A person with negative vibes can make the entire team unhappy.
      > team never really functions as a team, so productivity and
      > (and job satisfaction) suffer as a result. They'll blame Scrum
      > the Scrum-Master or both.
      > 2. An external consultant is a chicken, i.e. someone who is not
      > committed and responsible for the goals of the team. The risk
      > high that because of the chicken, you won't get to done by the
      > of the sprint.
      > My experience has been that it is better to keep the responsibility in
      > the team, but agree that the external consultant/architect will be
      > available to help. If he really is a value-add, he'll be asked
      > (repeatedly) to help and provide value. If not, he will quickly fade
      > from the scene. In any case, this facilitates a know-how transfer from
      > the senior to the junior. When the junior is ready to fly on his own,
      > will.
      > In 4 cases out of 5, I would expect the external consultant to fade
      > quickly from the scene, but of course, each case is an individual case
      > and your mileage may vary :-)
      > Cheers,
      > Peter
      > Doug Roberts schrieb:
      > >
      > > Howdy All,
      > >
      > > The 6 person Development Team that I serve (I'm the SM) is now in
      > > its 5th sprint and we've had some philosophical differences within
      > > the Team that have resulted in some bitter feelings, and now the
      > > senior-most member wants off the Team. He feels that his
      > > credibility on the Team has been irreparably damaged. This senior
      > > member has, by far, the deepest knowledge of the product that this
      > > Team develops on but he has many very firm beliefs about system
      > > architecture as well as 'how' things should be developed that the
      > > rest of the Team doesn't share. This senior Team member has asked
      > > to be removed from the Team.
      > >
      > > I have asked this senior Team member about what he wants to do once
      > > he's off the Team, and he does recognize that an excellent growth
      > > opportunity for him would be to work his way into a Solutions (or
      > > Software) Architect role. But I see several difficulties with this:
      > > how can he be off the Team yet still serve the Team as a Solutions
      > > (Software) Architect, and how will the Team react to him serving in
      > > this role? My understanding of Best Practice for a well-run Scrum
      > > Team is that we 'design as we go' and that the designing is done by
      > > Team members.
      > >
      > > I truly would hate to lose this senior Team member's expertise and
      > > knowledge of the product should he be completely removed from the
      > > Team. But I also fear the Team's reaction if this Team member is
      > > now in a role where he can dictate to the Team how their solutions
      > > should be designed. My question to the group is this: have any of
      > > you had a 'healthy' Scrum Team where the Solutions (Software)
      > > Architect is not a member of the Team?
      > >
      > > Many thanks, as always, for your shared thoughts and experiences.
      > >
      > > Doug
      > >
      > >
      > --
      > Peter Stevens, CSM
      > http://scrum-breakfast.blogspot.com
      > http://fingerspell.sierra-charlie.com
      > tel: +41 44 586 6450
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