Category Archives: Scrum roles

Question about: The PO, vague requirements and the Team members

Hana writes from Finland.  [Shortened, and lightly edited.] Hi Joe, …. I found this question without answer, so I have an interest to know it’s answer. Regards, Hana I responded: Hi Hanna, ….[See my response in-line, below.] …. Thanks! Joe Question – The product owner wants to build security firewalls into the product. How can […]

ScrumMaster vs Agile Coach

Question Joe: I’ve found that an Agile Coach has been engaged to coach a Scrum Team. What is the difference in roles between an Agile Coach and a Scum Master?  I thought the Scrum Master would be responsible for coaching the team?  Or possibly the Scrum Master is new and/or not as effective as expected? […]

ScrumMaster: No Power

One of the key things about the ScrumMaster is that he/she has no power.  No authority. Well, I remember a line from somewhere (which I cannot find now) that “the ScrumMaster has no authority”… and I understood that meant that the ScrumMaster did have the authority to help define what Scrum is supposed to be, […]

What happens to Project Managers?

From one of our students: Thank you Joe, I took the exam and passed 34/35! One question if I may: I noticed in the top mistakes list that ‘having a project manager’ is listed. Why is Project Manager so bad here? Does that just mean that a team tries to implement Scrum with a typical […]

Q: Becoming a good ScrumMaster

Q: “What is your advice on becoming a good ScrumMaster?” A: This is a good and difficult question. The difficulty is where to start and how best to express it. First, what is a good ScrumMaster? What makes one better than usual? You may think it odd, but the first thing I want to say […]

The ScrumMaster should not be the ‘people’ manager -1

Agile Carolinas had a good meeting tonight about the ‘iteration manager’ role, that one firm is using.  And with a good discussion of the pros and cons. Many thanks to Ike Eichorn and Brad Ball. I do not wish to discuss all the ideas raised, but make a few observations about how I see the […]

Why should the PO attend the Daily Scrum?

Umm. Good question.  We partly discussed this in an earlier post. First, the Scrum Guide (2011) does not require that the PO attend the Daily Scrum.  If you asked Jeff Sutherland his preference though, he would say it is better if the PO attended regularly. OK, but why? Well, first, the Team needs to know it […]

Are there Project Managers in Scrum? No (but…)

Scrum has only 3 roles: Product Owner, ScrumMaster and Implementer. Who is responsible for ‘the project’?  Well, that would be the whole Team. What do we do with George, who was a Project Manager (PM)?  Well, we have to talk to George.  Maybe he would make a great ScrumMaster or a great Product Owner.  Or […]

The Team and the Implementer Role

There has been, in several places, some good discussion about the roles in Scrum.  And often the discussion turns (explicitly or implicitly) to ‘what is the Team and what does it mean?’ The Team The full team is what is most important.  Product Owner (PO), ScrumMaster (SM), and Implementers.  Together.  About 7 in total. Ideally […]

The PO – The Team – The Daily Scrum

I have some different views on this topic, and wanted to share them. Your comments are of course welcome. I am NOT asking what is or should be in the Scrum Guide. Or whichever ‘scrum bible’ you use. (In general, I prefer the Scrum Guide.) I am sharing my thoughts and experiences, together, taught me.  […]