When you introduce the Scrum framework to your organization and projects for the first time, people around you usually feel nervous. Project managers, product managers, programmers, and designers. Everyone knows what Scrum is, but everyone has some concerns about it.
Our partners have shared with you the questions their employees ask their new Scrum Master colleague.
The new Scrum Master in the team answers the questions of his colleagues
You can use the article for your colleagues if they are worried about Scrum and if they are wondering the same things.
Georgia, Project Manager:
Can I keep my current project manager role and not participate in the Scrum roles?
Thank you for the question. In my brief explanation of Scrum, you probably noticed that there is a clear distinction between the roles of Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Development Team. However, Scrum does not require changes to the role of the project manager. Your role as a project manager may still exist but may be revised to incorporate Scrum principles and practices.
As a project manager, you are already familiar with project management processes and can help the team understand how Scrum can improve the project management process. It is important to keep in mind that Scrum does not replace project management but complements it. Your role may be to assist in establishing Scrum practices as well as providing information and support to the team. Reference: “A few words about the Scrum framework“, https://www.mu7club.com/a-few-words-about-the-scrum-framework/
In other words, you can continue to work as a project manager, but you can also have additional responsibilities related to the introduction of Scrum in the company’s projects. This may include assisting in the formation of a Scrum team, maintaining the Scrum processes, etc. Hope this answers your query. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.
James, Technical Manager:
I don’t see Scrum supporting my role. What will this mean for my career at our company?
Thanks for the inquiry. I understand that you have concerns about how Scrum might affect your role and career in the company.
Scrum is a project management methodology that focuses on effective planning, execution, and control of teamwork. As a Scrum Master, my role is to assist in the implementation and maintenance of the Scrum process to ensure that projects are executed following its principles and practices.
Regarding your role, it is important to understand that Scrum does not replace or eliminate team roles, but rather emphasizes and reinforces them. After all, all team roles are essential to the success of the project. Reference: “Why use the Scrum framework for your projects?“, https://www.libraryofmu.org/why-use-the-scrum-framework-for-your-projects/
As a Technical Lead, your role is to ensure that the technical aspects of projects are executed to the best of your ability, taking into account best practices and industry standards. Scrum doesn’t change that.
Laura, graphic designer:
Should I participate in Scrum events? I’m just a designer.
Introducing Scrum can be beneficial to the overall work of the team, including the work of designers like you. It is important to keep in mind that Scrum is a methodology that focuses on teamwork and communication between all team members. If you are involved in a team that uses Scrum, there may be times when your skills and ideas will be important to the achievement of the team’s goals. However, if you are required to participate in meetings or activities that are not directly related to your work, you can express your concern to your supervisors and ask for more specific information about why you need to participate. Then, you can make a decision that will be best for you and your work in the team. Finally, remember that learning and mastering new methodologies and technologies can give you an edge in your job search. More on the topic: “Why do you want to become a Certified Scrum Master?“, https://w-europe.org/why-do-you-want-to-become-a-certified-scrum-master/
I don’t understand exactly how Scrum will improve our work. Can you please explain?
Thank you for the question. Following the principles of Scrum, our work is organized as a series of short iterations called “sprints”. Each sprint allows the team to focus on a small set of goals that can be achieved throughout one to four weeks.
With the help of Scrum, we will be able to achieve better communication between teams, greater transparency of the work, as well as a better understanding of the client’s requirements. Also, Scrum enables us to adapt quickly to changing requirements and deliver value faster and more efficiently.
If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.
Barbara, Senior Public Relations Specialist:
I’m very excited about integrating Scrum into our work and can’t wait to get started. Can someone tell me what and how I will do exactly?
Thank you for your interest in Scrum! Your role as a senior public relations expert is very important to our company, but can also be beneficial to the Scrum team. As a Product Owner, you will have to work with customers and determine their needs, which may require you to communicate with them frequently and provide the team with the most up-to-date information on projects. If you are interested in being a Product Owner, we can discuss the possibilities.
Linda, Advertising Manager:
I have read a bit about Scrum and would like to be appointed to the Certified Product Owner position.
Thank you for your inquiry and interest in the Product Owner role on the Scrum team. As a Certified Scrum Master with BVOP, I can say that it is possible to be appointed to this position, but it is important to keep in mind that it is a responsible and skill-intensive role.
The Product Owner is the one who prioritizes work on the product, taking into account the needs of customers, the business, and the team. You must be willing to work with many people and communicate effectively with them to ensure that the product you develop meets the needs of all stakeholders.
If you have experience in advertising and understand what customers and businesses are looking for from a product, then this could be a great asset to you in this role. I recommend you read more about the Product Owner role in Scrum and explore what skills and knowledge are needed to be successful in it.
If you have any further questions or would like to discuss this opportunity further, please do not hesitate to email me. I would be happy to help you in the process of gaining a better understanding of what the role of Product Owner in the Scrum team entails.
Ivan, Project Coordinator
I would like to participate in Scrum roles as Certified Product Owner. I am not averse to fulfilling all my present duties, and new ones being assigned to me, which I would gladly learn and master.
Thank you for your willingness to participate in the Scrum roles. As a Project Coordinator, you already have certain project management responsibilities in your company. In the role of Certified Product Owner in the Scrum methodology, you will be responsible for setting priorities, defining project goals, and ensuring focus on delivering maximum value to customers.
It is important to have a clear understanding of customer requirements and to be able to communicate their needs to your team. Also, you must be able to estimate the time and effort required to deliver the desired functionalities. Learn more: “What is the Scrum Master role in the Scrum framework and some case studies?“, https://wikipedia-lab.org/what-is-the-scrum-master-role-in-the-scrum-framework-and-some-case-studies/
I understand that you want to keep your current duties, and this is possible within Scrum by properly considering and evaluating your job duties.
Please contact me and we will work together to determine the right time and way for you to participate as a project owner in a possible project shortly.
Cooper, Head of Quality Control
I would like to join the Scrum team as a Quality Master or something similar if possible.
Thank you for your interest in Scrum and your desire to join the team. In the Scrum methodology, the role of Quality Assurance Engineer is covered by all team members, including developers, Scrum Master, and Product Owner. They should strive to deliver high-quality software to every single Sprint.
However, we believe that your experience and expertise in the field of quality control can be of great benefit to our team. That’s why you can get involved as a team member and help in the process of evaluating the quality of the software products produced by the team. and you could also help the team understand the quality control processes by encouraging their interaction with other team members and with other departments in the company.