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Handling Confused Roles in Scrum Team

I have talked to many people who have a version of the statement, "I am Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Dev Team member...". When your boss is also one of the Scrum roles, or people have to fill multiple roles on the team, confusion occurs and causes friction for the project and office. I would like to discuss this and process how to practically handle these situations.

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  • Conrado M.

    I enjoy the discussion. Thank you Lance for sharing your experiences.

    April 17, 2013

  • Rob W.

    Really enjoyed the discussion. Always walk away from these meetings with a new perspective and new friends.

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great discussion on role of project manager vs role of scrum master, examples of challenges each handles and how they go about it.

    April 17, 2013

  • Aaron C.

    The topics presented in the breakout groups were interesting. Heard a lot of interesting horror stories about shared responsibilities and lack of true Scrum implementations that think they are Scrum. Was a great networking opportunity.

    April 17, 2013

  • Lance D.

    Amazing how such a large group can determine a problem, organize around break-outs that help solve the problem. I hope each person got their burning question answered, if not, send it my way, if I can't answer it we will find some folks who can.

    April 17, 2013

  • John G.

    Great meeting, since I had a company for a 7 year hobby. I took the management side to discuss the applications. There is more to learn and more fun to be had in application.

    April 17, 2013

  • Rob T.

    Another great open discussion and knowledge exchange accomplished by DFW Scrum!

    April 16, 2013

  • John G.

    In my studies into Agile and Scrum in order to get into the Alphabet soup. I see that what is planned many not last in reality. So the conclusion is that there are no limits until you establish them. There are constraints that need to be addressed as with any project.

    April 15, 2013

  • John G.

    See if this helps (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6brn76hDec&feature=player_embedded).
    http://scrummethodology.com/the-scrum-team-role/
    To address the PO or Scrum Master assignments. I am seeing the PO as part of the " Product Team" and interfaces with the Scrum team either through the team or SM directly in meetings. While the DT has control over the priority of the backlog there still remains the blessing of the PO. I see the problem when the team is so small that the wearing of hats is a detriment. But there is contracting either domestically or internationally.
    I feel I have the spirit of the question: Here is some data
    In chapter 6 of the PMI-ACP " Adaptive Planning" Here is an argument against: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2012/04/17/the-case-against-agile-ten-perennial-management-objections/
    http://www.infoq.com/news/2009/04/agile-optimal-team-size

    T

    April 15, 2013

  • Rob T.

    Blending roles sounds like a recipe for failure. Seems to me scrum with a team size much less than the recommended 7 +/- 2 is impractical, but you could still be iterative and incremental.

    April 10, 2013

  • David C.

    I'm with Cherie - I've worked with clients with limited development budgets, and there may be only 2-3 people. With one SM and one PO, there'd be only one person developing!

    April 10, 2013

  • Tony P.

    As someone with a confused role, I'm excited to have a chance to hear the perspectives of others!

    April 10, 2013

  • Lance D.

    I goofed, the 3rd TUE is actually Apr 16, not the 23rd. Sorry peeps!

    April 5, 2013

  • Cherie S.

    I agree, this would be a great topic. I see this all the time - organizations who aren't ready to fully commit to having people in each role-or who just don't have the budget for all the bodies but still want to implement Scrum.
    I'd love to hear how others are helping to make these blended roles work.

    February 13, 2013

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