Levent Gurses has an article, 10 Mistakes in Transitioning to Agile, in the Dec 2006 Dr. Dobbs Journal. He writes about the most common mistakes that companies make when transitioning from “legacy development methodologies” to agile ones. In this series of short articles for the winter holidays, we’re looking at each of the ten mistakes he identified. Enjoy the light reading, and don’t think too much about work.
Mistake 5: Fail to Define Roles Within the Agile Team
We have to define the roles and responsibilities of each person within the team. This helps both with execution and communication (to people outside the team).
This is project management 101. The people on the team are going to be new to operating on an agile project. They need to understand how everyone works together. The people outside the team will see this as a confusing effort, or a black box. By defining roles, we can manage expectations and improve our ability to execute.