“Hello! we are a Scrum Team”
Introduction of what a Scrum Team is, what do they do, how they do it, dynamics, forming, norming…
Hello! We Are a Scrum Team
Scrum teams are many things – productive, agile, self-organized, and, if the formation is approached properly, successful. What are the components of a successful scrum team? How can scrum team members contribute to a successful one?
There are three roles in scrum teams – the Product Owner, Scrum Master, and development team members. The Product Owner, or PO, is the communicator between a scrum project’s business stakeholders and development teams. The PO is responsible for conveying the project’s requirements to the team, and project updates to the business stakeholders. The Scrum Master is the team’s caretaker and “slave” to the PO, in that the Scrum Master handles any issue that may impede the development team’s work, and they report updates to the PO and further communicate the PO’s project requirements. The development team members, the role with the most members in a scrum team, are responsible for completing the sprints and creating a product that meets the project’s requirements.
Each scrum team must work closely together to complete scrum projects successfully. Key to a successful scrum project is a close-knit scrum team with good dynamics amongst its members. This is especially important given that scrum teams self-organize themselves in each sprint, in relation to who takes on which tasks.
Expectations of Each Member
In order to meet the responsibilities of their role, scrum development team members are expected to self-organize amongst themselves, in regards to who takes on which task in each sprint. They must figure out whose strengths relate to each task, and work out how to achieve the project’s goals. The Scrum Master is expected to be attentive to the development team, whether that entails adjusting a broken work table – which impedes project work – or assisting team members in working out issues that impede their work. The PO must be attentive to the work progress and ensure that they understand what is going well and not for the development team. The PO is expected to also keep business stakeholders updated and to ensure that business stakeholders’ requirements are parlayed to the team and met.
Given the closeness required of scrum teams in order to succeed in applying scrum to projects, team members will have expectations that go beyond those of their specific roles. Everyone involved should communicate often, attend daily scrum meetings, parlay any issues as soon as possible, and be open to changes.
Scrum teams can be highly productive and successful, in terms of their project work, if those involved understand their roles and expectations, and take those seriously. Each scrum team member is a contributor whose actions affect the entire team – and the team’s work result. It is important for the success of the team that everyone involved keeps that in mind.