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Small Teams

Large agile teams are composed of small agile sub-teams

The communication overhead in large teams can often be a stumbling block. To maintain agility, a large team can be composed of small sub-teams that collaborate with the project community. Sub-teams are usually of two natures:

  • permanent, identified at the start of the project based on core competency (e.g. QA, Database, Programming, Mainframe, etc.)
  • transient, identified at the start of an iteration, based on the collaboration needed for a story
Note that the above natures of sub-teams are not mutually exclusive. It is important to preserve a permanent team for members to harness knowledge and create expertise, just as it is important to move beyond individual competency boundaries when collaboration is necessary.

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