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Staffing for teams

Pho Tek
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I'm not sure where to post this. Anyway I'm writing to find out if anyone has any resources/urls describing how to manage a team with multiple senior developers. Basically the team recently hired a new senior developer. Since there's already one "chief"/"architect" on the team; I need to know how best to structure the team so that the two chiefs can co-exist together without tearing at each other's throats. And yes, we currently run the team using a homebrew variant of XP.


Lasse Koskela

Joined: Jan 23, 2002
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By getting rid of official titles and explicitly stating that there's no chief this or that in the team and that everyone should turn to whoever has the knowledge or experience on a given topic for help (implying that this may or may not be the most senior person in the team...).

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Ilja Preuss

Joined: Jul 11, 2001
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Kent Beck once started to write a book about leadership in XP (and other self-organizing) teams. The script never got big enough to be worth while being printed, but it might still be an interesting read.

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Valentin Crettaz
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I once read a very interesting book by Johanna Rothman titled "Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies and Nerds". Check out my review in our bunkhouse.

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Ilja Preuss

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BTW, what main hurdles do you see for the coexistance of the two senior developers?
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