Skills Over Job Titles

Photo by Daniel Latorre

Photo by Daniel Latorre

Sometimes I wish that job titles could be eliminated when teams start using scrum.  No more backend developers, frontend developers, UX designers, business analysts, QA testers, and certainly no leads of anything--they are all product developers.  Each team member is a person with certain skills.  Cross-functional teams are composed of people who have the skills needed to develop the product.

Don't think about what roles are needed on a team--think about what skills are needed.  Focus on the people.  Otherwise it's too easy to created bloated teams because each role appears to be needed.  

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.