The concept of T-shaped skills, or T-shaped persons is a metaphor used in job recruitment to describe the abilities of persons in the workforce. The vertical bar on the T represents the depth of related skills and expertise in a single field, whereas the horizontal bar is the ability to collaborate across disciplines with experts in other areas and to apply knowledge in areas of expertise other than one's own.
The earliest reference is by David Guest in 1991.  Tim Brown, CEO of the IDEO design consultancy defended this approach to résumé assessment as a method to build interdisciplinary work teams for creative processes.
Also Known As
- Generalizing Specialist
- Technical Craftsperson
- Renaissance Developer
- Master Generalist
- "The hunt is on for the Renaissance Man of computing," in The Independent, September 17, 1991.
- Want to plan campaigns? Best get your 'I's crossed
- An Interview with IDEO CEO Tim Brown
- T-Shaped People, Jobs, and Recruiting
- Wanted: Workers with 'T-shaped skills'
- T-shaped professionals, T-shaped skills, hybrid managers
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