ResponsibilitiesEngage

Shuffle responsibilities among roles in a way such that outer roles collaborate with roles other than the most central roles

Definition

Distribute responsibilities to reduce the centralization of information in a few key roles so that communication between roles is not  predominantly between a satellite role and a core role.  Ideally, all roles should be equally central and share the communication burden equally.

Source

Responsibilities Engage

Discussion

Ideally, all roles should be equally central and share the communication burden equally.  One of the dubious claims of the authors of this pattern is that “there must be central control. Fully distributed control tends to lead to control breakdown”.  This can be the case, but is not necessarily so.