8Team-Member Roles

This chapter discusses the TSP roles. The objective is to provide the background you need to guide a team in role selection and to help the team members handle their role responsibilities. The book TSPSMLeading a Development Team contains a more detailed discussion of the specific objectives and responsibilities of the TSP roles (Humphrey 2006). This chapter describes why the TSP roles are needed, the role-selection process, and some suggestions about coaching the role managers.

8.1 What Roles Are

A role is defined as “the rights, obligations, and expected behavior patterns associated with a particular social status” (Random House 1983). All of the elements of this definition are important.

By holding a team role, the developers ...

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