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Avoid adding jobs, improve roles instead

Avoid adding jobs, improve roles instead

When seeking to improve team performance or delivery it’s often tempting to identify the need to introduce more jobs: “We’re not well organised, we need to introduce a project manager.” “The requirements are never clear, we need to introduce BAs.” “The quality is poor, we need to start hiring QAs.” “The releases are problematic, we … Continue reading

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