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Succeeding with Agile by Mike Cohn

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Chapter 8. Changed Roles

The previous chapter focused on the two new roles on a Scrum project—Scrum-Master and product owner. But changes to a Scrum project’s team members go beyond the introduction of two new roles. For example, the self-organizing nature of a Scrum team eliminates the role of the technical team leader, individuals are asked to look beyond their specialties and help the team in any way possible, emphasis is shifted from writing about requirements to talking about them, and teams are required to produce something tangible by the end of each sprint. Because these changes alter the roles and relationships within the team and organization, they often contribute to some of the challenges organizations face when adopting Scrum.

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