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Puzzle pieces Fitting Specialists into Your Scrum Team

While you may try to create Scrum teams composed entirely of people with T-shaped skills, you might still have gaps in certain specialized areas. Consider forming “specialist teams” to organize experts in the areas that require certain skills. You can have these specialists temporarily become part of your Scrum team.

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Steve Berczuk
Team grouped around a computer Growing Generalized Specialists on an Agile Team

A generalized specialist is not a jack of all trades. It is an individual with deep knowledge in a particular specialization who also has learned to be productive in other team roles. Here are some tips on how to grow generalized specialists on your team in order to maximize your team's productivity potential.

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Jeffery Payne
Specialist Finding a Home for Specialists on Cross-Functional Agile Teams

It may seem like the best team would be composed of all specialists, but due to their proficiency in only one area, they can actually hold up an agile workflow. You can keep specialists on your cross-functional teams; you just need to structure their work. Here are four options for making good use of a specialist.

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Steve Berczuk
Is It Better to Be a Generalist or a Specialist?

Microsoft's decision to make its Siri-like assistant Cortana available not only on Microsoft's OS but also on iOS and Android is seen as part of Microsoft's cross-platform initiative. Is this a sign that the tech world now prefers generalists more than specialists?

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