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December 02, 2006


Scott Ambler

You bring up some really important issues here. My quick responses would be yes, perhaps, and yes.

My experience is that many organizations today are organized around the hierarhical, "organization man" philosophy in combination with Fred Taylor's organize into specialists and hand-off between them philosophy. This is bad news, IMHO. For years I've been arguing that people should move away from the specialist paradigm and strive to become more along the line of a "generalizing specialist". See http://www.agilemodeling.com/essays/generalizingSpecialists.htm

I think that we should have multi-disciplinary groups made up of multidisciplinary people. :-)

We can definitely put aside our differences as long as we're:
1. Humble enough to recognize that others have value to add and that we can't do it alone.
2. Willing to respect others, even when they're different from ourselves.
3. Willing to learn together.

- Scott

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