In my book, the characters invent a new role. I call it the "flowMaster". Their job is to co-ordiante the flow of work within the team. I could have called it the ScrumMaster, but they don't do Scrum in the book, they discover a scrum-like, agile way of working.
The Flowmaster is like the Coxswain on the boat - the tiny fella in the picture below (from wikipedia) - adds extra weight to the boat but, in return, steers the boat and co-ordinates the rowers.
I found it interesting, just now, to read the wikiwpedia Coxswain entry.
The role of a coxswain in a crew is to:
- Keep the boat and rowers safe at all times by properly steering the boat (according to the river or regatta rules and safety for the crew)
- Be in command of the boat at all times
- Coach the crew when the coach is not present
- Provide motivation and encouragement to the crew
- Provide feedback on the crew's performance both in and out of the races
- Make any necessary tactical decisions
- Organize and direct the crew at all times, including when putting the boat away etc.
- Be responsible for the vessel; in the event of a collision, the coxswain is accountable under maritime law as 'Master of the vessel' (although the stroke may sometimes be the captain of the boat).