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  • Component Teams vs Feature Teams

    There’s nearly always too much work. Certainly there is often too much work for one team. Considering the optimum team size (in Scrum) is between 5 and 9 people, it doesn’t take much of a backlog to require us to have multiple teams. When this is the case, it introduces the problem of how to divide the work up between the teams. The two most common ways I’ve seen teams organised are as Component Teams and Feature Teams – but which is the best way of organising your company? This is an area that is often debated. They are contrasting approaches to software delivery and I’ve heard many arguments in favour of each. Let’s have look at them. Component Teams Component Teams are considered to be made up of experts that specialise in a specific domain and they are focused only on the knowledge and technology related to their domain. It ’stands to reason’ that if there is an area of complexity needing work performed on it on a regular basis, we should have a team dedicated to it. Common examples are the user interface (UI) or the database (DB), we may well have a team for each of those. […]

Shaun Smith

Shaun is an experienced trainer, coach and consultant, passionate about applying modern techniques to help teams and organisations work better. His experience with agile began at the turn of the century when, as a developer, his relentless search for better ways of doing things led him to the eXtreme Programming (XP) community.

Since then, he has worked with many companies and teams both large and small helping them make better products. His experience has been gained in a number of roles, including head of engineering departments, programme and delivery management as well as training and coaching.

Shaun received “Most Valuable Agile Player” at the 2012 Agile Awards.

Shaun provides a wide range or training and agile coaching for agil8, in particular Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) training, including Leading SAFe (SAFe Agilist).  He is one of our experienced “Scrum for Teams” (uncertified ScrumMaster) trainers and is confident and experienced working at all levels of an organisation, from team level to senior management.

Areas of Proficiency:

  • Scaling Agile and Lean Product Development
  • Programme and Portfolio Management
  • Digital Development and Cloud Strategy
  • Applied Systems and Complexity Thinking
  • Scrum, LeSS, SAFe, DaD, Kanban, XP
  • Team Building and Facilitation

Relevant Training and Certifications:

  • Certified Scrum Professional / Certified ScrumMaster / Certified Scrum Product Owner
  • SAFe Programme Consultant v4.5
  • Certified LeSS Practitioner
  • Disciplined Agile Delivery Green Belt
  • 2nd Generation Lean Product Development
  • Change Artistry for Agile Coaches
  • Problem Solving Leadership

“Shaun is an excellent trainer, knowledgable and clearly able to convey concepts to others at different levels of understanding and experience. A credit to Agil8”
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