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Software Ownership Transfer: Evolving Knowledge Transfer for the Agile World by Vinod Sankaranarayanan

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Chapter 13. The Three Bridges

For decades, knowledge transfers have been limited to a three-month time period, as if that particular timeframe was seared into the collective conscience of IT managers. If the preceding chapters have proven that three months is too short a time to take ownership, the next natural question is, what is the right duration?

Duration of Ownership Transfer

The fact is, there is no one specific timeframe that can be suggested for all ownership transfers. I strongly recommend that a transfer occurs over several releases. To my mind, it should take a minimum of four releases involving both the incumbent and the new teams wherein the new team takes increasingly higher levels of ownership. In the final release, the new team ...

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