Should Designers be coding? How about Product Owners? Just how technical should your team be? In real-world Agile teams, traditionally defined roles are being displaced by a culture of collective ownership. Responsibilities are being decoupled from job titles by teammates with overlapping skills, and chief among those skills is technical acumen. Every day, it makes less and less sense to talk about skill sets as collections of binary “I can do this”‘s or “I don’t do that”‘s. In this talk, we’ll investigate how treating Coding as Literacy can affect the way decisions are made and work gets done, describe what varying levels of literacy among teammates, facilitate doing agile well, and discuss how to get literate in technical topics.

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