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Definition of Self-Contained

A self-contained (also called Cross-Functional) team is one that contains all the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish its objectives and goals: in software development this means that there are people who can test, there are people who can code, there are people who do analysis, there are people who write documentation, and so on. 


In real life, teams are not fully self-contained and often require Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who are not, actually, Team Members.

Cite This Term

"Self-Contained" Accessed Jun 22, 2024.