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What are T Shaped People?

One idea that’s big in the world of Agile that should be big throughout Project Management is that of T Shaped People.

So, in this video, I will answer the question ‘What are T Shaped People?’

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People with niche skills – depth in one topic only, and little else by way of skills, are like a verticle line: deep and narrow.

Others have a broad range of skills, but no great depth of knowledge or experience in any of them.

But T Shaped People have both depth and breadth.

Philip Tetlock adopted the metaphor of the Hedgehog and Fox.

‘The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.

But T Shaped people have the best of both worlds.

And then there is a T Shaped Team…

Combining T Shaped People adds depth across a broader range – and even greater breadth.

  • In turn, this makes teams more self-sufficient and better able to act autonomously within the overall goal, objectives, and plan.
  • You’ll have less reliance on a single person who knows about everything – if most people do
  • Also, larger, self-organizing teams can lead to less silo-ing.
  • And finally, you’ll get less key person risk – non-experts have enough base knowledge to help out at pressure points.

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About the Author Mike Clayton

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.

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