The Agile Manifesto gave us many ideas.  These were embraced by the software development community and implemented in many ways.  Scrum is one of these implementations that has become very popular.  Thus, it is valuable for us to examine what this framework provides and how it works.  In this episode, our focus is on the roles defined as we craft an overview of Scrum.

The Product Owner

We build solutions to problems.  Thus, our goal of satisfying the customer requires someone that understands the problem and constraints for the solution.  That role is called the product owner in the Scrum framework.  While this can be accomplished by a small team, it is best when an individual fills the role.  Design by committee is an anti-pattern we want to avoid, and a Product Owner team steers us toward it.

Work is required for every project.  That is the primary responsibility of the Dev Team.  This group is roughly three to nine members that drive implementation.  They work together to achieve goals and to do so better with each sprint.  However, note that the Dev Team is a group and not a list of specialists.  While highly skilled members of a Dev Team exist, the more we can move task assignments around, the more effective the team is.  We want a team that can be directed to pour resources into a task, if needed, to keep on track.  Unfortunately, some specialists are limited in their ability to accomplish this objective.

The Twelve Principles and Overall Manifesto

Challenge of The Week: What does your team look like?  Do the roles match Scrum?

Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a longtime student of technology as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is a founder and principle of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although a few have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax.

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