T-Shaped Teams: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Gwen Diagram – Agile on the Beach Conference 2017


In this session from Agile On The Beach 2017 entitled ‘How becoming T-Shaped can cause a Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ Gwen Diagram looks at the challenges of being a T-shaped person in a development environment.

In small teams, it’s common for people to share roles such as Scrum Master / Tester / Dev but in a lot of cases there are conflicting interests. How can a Tester adequately test when as a Scrum Master the highest priority is assisting the team to deliver? This is an experience report from when Gwen was working at a start up with a shared role of Tester, Scrum Master and DevOps and how the role affected her thinking when context switching to different roles. For example, how on more than one occasion, the scepticism of the Tester had to pull the optimism of the Scrum Master back to reality and then how the results of the testing were overshadowed by the need for the team to deliver. The T-shaped person is often looked upon as an incredibly valued member of the team but on becoming T-shaped has the person become a watered down version of their primary role?

Gwen Diagram Automation tester Sky

Gwen Diagram is a Software Tester with a specialist interest in monitoring, logging and DevOps related fun. Occasionally works as a Scrum Master, App Support, DevOps or whatever else she can get her hands on.


Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall UK. Since 2011 Agile on the Beach has been a two day agile conference, set on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between. The conference explores agile software, products, teams, business and practices. With 400 attending, the conference hosts 50 seminars and workshops to provide the ultimate agile learning experience, along with ample opportunities for networking at its 3 evening events.
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