The T-Shaped Scrum Team: Get in Shape for Your Future

Mary Thorn

Today, agile teams are being asked to do more than ever before. The notion of a T-shaped person, created by Tim Brown (CEO of IDEO) in the 1990s, describes a new breed of worker—one who goes beyond the standard, assigned role. Mary Thorn believes that the roles of team members can stretch to include other aspects that intrigue them and keep them interested. Mary’s team members are writing product documentation, are ScrumMasters, are building infrastructure to support rapid release, are taking ownership for security and compliance to standards, are presenting the development process to customers, are visiting customer sites to research how people are using the product, are devising internal communication strategies, and are using their natural skills and abilities where they are best suited to help move the business forward. Through mentoring, coaching, teaching, and upskilling, Mary has taught many different ways to get into T-shape. Join Mary and learn from her experience to increase the value to your agile teams with T-shaped people.

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