713-909-6967 [email protected]

Panchal’s Directive

by | Jul 5, 2011 | Systems Thinking, transformation | 0 comments

The proliferation of job titles in an organization encourages the diffusion of responsibility and dilution of vision.

Panchal’s Directive provides a guide to the number of different titles in an organization: take the square root of the number of people in the organization, then divide by two.  Four people? One title.  Twenty-five? Around two or three. And 100 people means about five titles.


A typical Scrum team of nine people?

Well, you get 1.5 titles, which probably matches reasonably well the delivery team and product definition roles.

You’ll notice that this rule doesn’t scale to very big organizations, but then again, nothing does.


ps: Thanks to Michael J Tardiff, my colleague and partner in crime for his valuable contributions


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You May Also Like

The Agile Manifesto Principles Explained

The Agile Manifesto Principles Explained

I started my agile journey twenty years ago. At the time, I was a Java programmer and a UML modeler, and I lucked into working in an XP team. Joining an experienced XP team was uncomfortable at first. The practices were very different from what I was used to. Kent...

The Conflict Escalation Ladder

The Conflict Escalation Ladder

Disagreements are not conflicts. Disagreements are a healthy part of a collaborative dynamic, but conflicts are not. The critical outcome is that people strengthen their relationships as they work through disagreements, whereas the result of the conflict is that...

Time flies when you are learning

Time flies when you are learning

If you're like me, you're always looking for ways to improve yourself and your skill set. I'm transitioning in my career and knew that getting Scrum Alliance Certifications in Agile Leadership (CAL-E, O & T) was essential to increase my marketability and...