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A good question.

MSBassSinger wrote:
A team of this design would retain the benefits of agile without becoming mired in the bureaucracy that plagues many agile teams and processes today.


Bottom line is, a team, whether it's more flattened as you propose or more hierarchical in the traditional - manager - analyst - team lead - developer pool, including orthogonal members such as QA, customer support, documentation support, along with their respective vertical hierarchies, well...

It's a cliche but a team is only as good as the people in it. All those hierarchical layers and orthogonal departmental "separation of concerns" with their own hierarchies are there for one goal and one goal only: to deal with the fact that teams are never, ever, comprised of 100% good, as in competent, people for the task at hand and to be able to adjust responsively and responsibly based on the composition of the teams.

I am NOT saying that people are always incompetent, it's just that roles and what they are asked to do varies over days, months and years and like my Prius, there are times when I get great mileage and times I don't, and it depends on how I drive, the road conditions, the idiots in front of me, the traffic lights, the deer, etc. Hopefully you get the analogy, that people's competence is a dynamic variable thing.

One more comment regarding the subject line "Does Unnecessary Overhead Adversely Affect Software Projects?"

Your question is biased to the obvious answer, "of course." A better question might be "When does overhead adversely affect software projects?" or even better "How do you determine the peak efficiency of overhead?"

The next question I would ask is: define "adversely affect" and "overhead". Again the bias is that overhead is often overpaid, incompetent management with respect to the cost of the team actually building something. "Supervisor sitting in office vs. construction worker walking on the steel beams 500ft up in the air." At what point does "overhead" in the traditional sense actually become an absolute necessity for the smooth operation of the company?

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