The Scrum Team
3. The Scrum Team
The Scrum Team is comprised of about seven (plus or minus two) team members. Scrum advocates cross-functionality to allow a single team to accomplish development goals.
- Estimating effort to complete Product Backlog Items
- Committing to what it thinks it can accomplish each Sprint
- Managing development of product functionality
- Building Business Value
- Defining its work (who does what and how)
- Building and maintaining its schedule for the Sprint
- Negotiating scope and acceptance criteria for Sprint goals
- Anything required to turn a stakeholder's request into functional product
One challenge for organizations that adopt Scrum is allowing teams to self-manage and self-organize. Often, existing organizational structures directly conflict with giving the team the autonomy required to accomplish its goals. Such organizations must actively shift from a parent/child relationship to a peer/peer relationship between management and "staff." This is where an effective and experienced ScrumMaster can play a crucial role in facilitating a smooth transition.