Your role is superfluous: Software delivery with skills-based, self organising teams

location_city Online schedule Nov 19th 04:00 - 04:45 PM IST place Zoom people 54 Interested

Traditional software delivery teams are layered with roles like user experience, project management, business analysts, developers, QAs, DevOps, etc. With the translation of business problems at multiple steps, each role induces a fitment drift in the devised solution. As part of this talk, we would like to present our experience from the last 7 years building products for clients delivered by teams with ZERO roles (No PM, BA, QA, DevOps). It presents the argument and evidence of why the notion of needed depth in every skill, every single time is an overkill, and how a small team of people who dabble with code and product thinking both can deliver solutions that are faster and better with minimum fitment drift. We outline the practices and rituals required to establish, operationalise and sustain skill-based teams. We also intend to discuss delivery objectives for software teams and how teams that organise themselves around business objectives deliver better products compared to one's setup with superfluous roles for analysis, testing, and management, etc. 


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Introducing speakers and topic - 2 mins
  • Prevalent Delivery team models(role based teams) & objectives - 5 mins
  • Skill based teams¬† - 10 mins
    • What is a fitment drift?
    • Fitment drift in role-based teams and why it is higher
    • Anatomy of a skill-based team
    • Practices and rituals of a skill-based team
    • Transference and fitment drift in a skill-based team
  • Benefits with anecdotes & stories - 10 mins
    • Real-world examples - Skill-based teams
    • Lower cost, faster time to market, and higher efficiency
    • Things that make skill-based teams tick
  • Trade-offs and challenges - 5mins
  • Q & A - 13 mins

Learning Outcome

  • Unique way of self-organising teams based on skills
  • Benefits - Lower cost of ownership, faster time to market, and higher efficiency

Target Audience

Folks at all levels responsible for delivering software

Prerequisites for Attendees

Experience in delivering software.


schedule Submitted 1 year ago

  • Anand Bagmar

    Anand Bagmar - Next Generation Functional & Visual Testing powered by AI

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