The Scrum Team

By Jimi Fosdick  |  Posted 2009-11-20 Print this article Print

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.

Responsibilities include:

- 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.

Jimi Fosdick is a Certified Scrum Trainer at CollabNet. With more than 14 years of experience in product development, Jimi has worked in a wide range of industries, including publishing, software, advertising, and the public sector. As one of the Certified Scrum Trainers on CollabNet's ScrumCORE team, Jimi conducts dozens of public courses around the world each year, helping organizations to surface dysfunction and improve processes through Scrum. Before joining CollabNet predecessor Danube in November 2008, Jimi spent four years advocating agile approaches to project managementÔÇöfirst as a program and project manager, and later as an independent agile and Scrum consultant. During this time, Jimi worked with companies such as CIBER, Avenue A | Razorfish, MTV Networks, and Microsoft, helping them transform to more agile ways of working using Scrum. Prior to these consulting engagements, Jimi spent a decade working in various capacities in software, including as a program manager of software product development and solutions architecture at the Riverside Publishing Company, and as a senior staff developer at Polycom, Inc. Jimi is a PMI-certified PMP, and received his MBA in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago. As an undergraduate, Jimi studied mathematics and computer science at Loyola University in Chicago. For more of Jimi's thoughts on Scrum, visit his blog at He can also be reached at

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