Scrum Team is a team working according to Scrum principles. Its most important feature is the lack of internal hierarchy. Once the goal and scope of tasks to be done in a Sprint are agreed upon, team members take the initiative. From that moment on they make their own decisions about who, how, and when will do what. How does such a self-managing team work?

Scrum Team – table of contents:

  1. Scrum Team – definition and tasks
  2. Composition
  3. Scrum Team Operation
  4. Summary

Scrum Team – definition and tasks

The Scrum Team as a whole is accountable for its actions. Therefore, it must have the authority to manage its work. This is especially significant in larger organizations. If the team is to operate following Scrum principles, the rhythm and manner of its activities cannot be disturbed from the outside. But of course, within a Scrum team, each person has their specific responsibilities.

The main task of the whole team is to work towards achieving Product Goal. The realization of this Goal is spread into short Sprints. In each Sprint, the Scrum Team builds a new working part of the project, the Increment. Small tasks performed by the team are well defined within a Sprint and distributed among the team members.

Composition

Typically, Scrum Team consists of no more than ten people. It should include open-minded professionals whose competencies complement each other. The composition of Development Team changes depending on the ongoing project. However, there are always two key figures: Product Owner and Scrum Master. We will devote them separate entries in the following articles, so here we will only briefly outline their significance for the team.

Scrum Team

Product Owner

The Product Owner is a team member equal in the hierarchy. However, it is the key figure in becoming the voice of the customer in the Scrum Team. In doing so, the team can bridge the gap between producer and customer as well as constantly develop and upgrade the quality of delivery. Product Owners also set up priorities for the work of the team. This is reflected both in the Product Goal and in the content of the Product Backlog.

It is the Product Owner who answers questions about the Product asked by other team members from the customer’s perspective. He or she also makes sure that the direction and goal of the Development team are clear they accept the work done by the Developers. And approves the transfer of the result to the client.

Scrum Master

The Scrum Master helps all members of the Developers team to understand the theory and practice of Scrum, and acts as an intermediary. Often they are at the same time members of the Development Team and the Product Owner’s support. Still, only Scrum Master is responsible for the functioning of the team and its operations according to Scrum principles.

They must watch over the team, to become both a leader and a coach. Scrum Masters focus on observing shortcomings and implementing upgrades and fixes. Additionally, Scrum Masters monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of Developers’ work.

Developers

Developers are all team members who are not Product Owners or Scrum Masters. The name shouldn’t confuse you – it’s not just about programmers. Developers can be people with very different skills and responsibilities.

Developers are responsible for planning their tasks, i.e., creating the Sprint plan contained in the Sprint Backlog. And also the daily work of developing the Product in order to produce in each Sprint a useful Increment (increase) according to the Definition of Completion.

Scrum Team Operation

A Scrum Team is interdisciplinary in nature. This does not mean, of course, that everyone can perform every task set before the Scrum Team. Its members together have all the skills necessary to perform the task and manage their own work.

That’s why it’s important to build trust between the people in the Scrum Team. And also building trust by the organization to the Scrum Team as a whole and giving it independence. This is what will motivate its members to undertake more difficult tasks, beyond their daily responsibilities.

Interdisciplinarity not only helps in making the team more productive. It also makes the professionals from different disciplines working as a Scrum Team able to help each other in completing the tasks set for the team, complementing their skills.

This requires the skill of working together. Moreover, each team member has to possess general knowledge of what each person does. This way, Scrum Team participants know who to turn to for expert help if they have a problem with a task.

Summary

In summary, Scrum Team is a team consisting of Product Owner, Scrum Master and Developers. Its main task is to achieve the Product Goal by producing valuable Increments in each Sprint. A Scrum Team is an interdisciplinary group of professionals managed from within. The competencies of the team members complement and strengthen each other through mutual help, frequent feedback and commitment.

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Scrum Guide:

  1. Glossary of basic terms, roles and notions
  2. What is Scrum?
  3. Scrum values
  4. How to implement Scrum in your company?
  5. Scrum Team - what is it and how does it work?
  6. Who is a Product Owner?
  7. The most common mistakes of Product Owner
  8. Who is the Scrum Master?
  9. Characteristics of a good Scrum Master
  10. The most common mistakes of Scrum Master
  11. What statistics and metrics should the Scrum Master track?
  12. Cooperation between Product Owner and Scrum Master
  13. Development Team in Scrum
  14. The most common mistakes of Developers
  15. Scrum artifacts
  16. Scaling Scrum
  17. Sprint Backlog
  18. What is the Product Backlog?
  19. What are User Stories?
  20. Creating the best User Story with INVEST
  21. The most common User Story mistakes
  22. User Story Acceptance Criteria