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technical lead

Last post 06:55 am May 15, 2018 by Marc Kropholler
5 replies
09:21 am May 11, 2018

Dear all,

Could you give me some feedback on the following?

We are an organisation with about 12 scrum teams.

In each scrum team, one of the experienced developers

is a tech lead. He acts as a representative for the team 

in architecture meetings, has the responsability to guide 

less experienced developers and to preserves consistency 

in the code base.

These are ofcourse valid points. However the Scrum guide 

says 'Scrum recognizes no titles for Development Team members'.

What are your thoughts on this? Is this a recommended practice

or not? Do you have one or have experience with a comparable

situation? How to guarantee the points above, notably consistency

in code base, without one?

Best wishes Marc K

06:05 pm May 11, 2018

Is there a policy for gradually removing each team's dependencies on its tech lead, such as by disseminating particular knowledge and specialisms, and for other team members to champion those skills and represent the team accordingly? How would each team choose to self-organize in terms of taking on certain areas of expertise? Is this addressed in each team's Sprint Retrospective, and are action items for skills development and knowledge transfer planned into each team's Sprint Backlog?

07:13 am May 14, 2018

Dear Mitchell,

Thanks for your questions. Helpfull questions when creating a path to remove the dependency on the tech lead. However right now the question is still open whether we continue with having a tech lead or not. So the question is currently are the pro points for a tech lead valid valid enough to keep one in place.


Best wishes

Marc K


04:06 pm May 14, 2018

Assuming it is desirable to have a self-organizing team, what impact could it have on the behaviour of the various team members, if one of them is appointed as the lead?

08:33 pm May 14, 2018

A few years ago, my Scrum Trainer in a ScrumAlliance course told us "the Tec Lead is the enemy of the Team" ;-)

Dealing a "tec lead" in the Dev Team is a nice challenge for the Scrum Master !

06:55 am May 15, 2018

Hi all,


Thank you for the feedback! Helpfull info and I can continue with it, thanks.


Best wishes

Marc K


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