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Entry or exit?  Whether the function of a door to allow, or bar, entry is a matter of perception. Likewise, titles and role definitions can be turned into barriers for cross-functional teams by enforcing silos between team members. Agile suggests that we check our egos and titles at the door. This admonition helps develop cross-functional teams by reducing barriers to communication and transparency. Once we begin to talk it becomes easier to find ways to share roles in order to reduce bottlenecks. The combination of these two techniques will knock down the doors between team members.  Even the best-looking, well-intentioned doors are barriers to transparency, which is central to both Scrum and Agile.  Doors can be wonderful architectural features, but when it comes to teams, knock down the doors that keep team members apart.