I had a discussion with one of my then-manager-colleagues about ensuring the movement of a planned item even if the only available team member has no expertise to take it on. The simple answer is to get that team member to a starting point with the help of the experienced ones, through a non-heavy pair work format, just enough to give them momentum. It is possible that the task won’t be completed on time, but at least they got it moving.

In practice, this is always easier said than done, since we always fall to the mindset of either: “It is going to be faster if the expert will do it” or “I’ll just take this non-priority item which I have expertise on rather than mess up that very critical one.” This somewhat siloed mentality is especially prevalent in legacy systems, adding to the hurdles of an already challenging DevOps adoption.

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