On this podcast episode I’m tackling the topic of cross-functionality in Delivery Teams, as well as the confusing term of T-Shaped people.
The meaning of cross-functionality is rather simple – it’s when ideally everyone on the team can do anything, within the predefined requirements of the full range of skills required to create the Product the Team is ultimately building.
T-Shaped Team members however could sound very confusing and almost disturbing. While in essence the term is also rather simple and works on the theory of us being able to get proficient with one (or very few) core skills, while aiming to develop familiarity and at least base level of skills covering broader range of relevant areas. So that core “deep” skill becomes the vertical line of the “T”, while the broader range of more “shallow” skills is represented by the horizontal top line.
More about this on the actual episode after the break…