Fictions about Scrum

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Some of the most popular myths about Scrum include :

  1. Developers are free to do what they want. Fact: developers work in a productive and predefined framework and the Scrum Master makes sure they are following Scrum.
  2. Scrum gets rid of all paper work and allows the team to start developing right away. There are certain planning steps involved in every Scrum project and development can only start when the Sprint Backlog has been defined.
  3. All requirements in the form of stories must be agreed before the Development Team is allowed to start working on the product.  The Development Team can start working as soon as the initial stories of the Product Backlog are ready.
  4. Scrum is very easy to implement even without training. Fact: In order to run their projects well, everyone involved should have a good understanding of Scrum to be able to
  5. Scrum is just a set of simple rules. Fact: Scrum is a set of rules and a framework, plus a compatible work culture and ethic
  6. Scrum does not require you to have a Business Case. Fact: The Product Owner is responsible for ensuring that there is a feasible reason for performing the project and each of the stories should be aligned with that
  7. Scrum allows the Development Team to decide what will be delivered. Fact: A Team only decides on how to deliver; it is up to the Product Owner to determine what will be delivered
  8. Scrum Master is like a project manager. Fact: There is no one similar to a traditional project manager in a Scrum project as the Scrum Master makes sure the Scrum framework is followed
  9. The Product Owner is the project manager. Fact: The Product Owner only creates and maintains the Product Backlog, but does not manage the day to day activities of the Team
  10. The Product Owner is a representative from the customer. Fact: The Product Owner is one of the people from the performing organization and the contact point with the customer.
  11. Scrum tells us everything about managing projects. Fact: Scrum mostly deals with the definition and delivery of the products. Many of the business oriented aspects of the project are done outside Scrum.

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Scrum Roles

Discover Product Owner, Scrum Master, Development Team

A Scrum Team consists of three roles:

  • Product Owner: 1 person, Full-time or part-time, Business oriented
  • Scrum Master: 1 person, Full-time or part-time, Scrum coach and facilitator
  • Development Team: 3 to 9 people, Full-time (recommended), Specialist

NOTE: It is possible for a single person to be assigned to more than one roles, but it is not recommended.

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