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Adding a new team member

This post is from George Dinwiddie's blog by George Dinwiddie. Click here to see the original post in full.

Adding a new team member to an existing team always introduces challenges. The introduction changes the makeup of the team, and if the team had jelled, it has to do so, again, with the new member.


Also, the new member has to learn about the team and its work. There are many tacit assumptions held within a team. It’s impossible to document them all and, even if you could, both reading such a document and keeping it up to date are daunting herculean tasks.


So how do you maximize the integration of a new team member with a minimum amount of work?  Here’s a way that one team with whom I worked approached the problem. Agile Team Member Training Game


First, they brainstormed a list of topics that a new team member needed to know. It included things like how they used the story wall, who had what role on the team, the architecture of the system, the team working agreements, and the local Agile practices. These topics were written on index cards, one to a card. When a new team member came on board, they setup a section of wall with Backlog, In Process, and Done columns, and put the index cards in the Backlog column, in...

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