The Scrum Master answers the questions of confused colleagues about Scrum

The Scrum Master answers the questions of confused colleagues about Scrum

When implementing the Scrum framework in your projects, the Scrum Master should be able to answer all the questions of his colleagues.

When changing project management and development methodologies, project teams experience turmoil and stress. And that’s completely normal. It will not be good if, as a Scrum Master, you notice indifference from your colleagues when you talk about Scrum.

In the article, I share sample questions to the Scrum Master from his colleagues regarding the integration of Scrum for the first time in the organization.

Scrum Master’s colleagues ask questions about Scrum: Sample topics

Can I keep my current project manager role and not participate in the Scrum roles?

Julia Cameron, Project Manager

Regarding your query, I as the “Scrum Master” in the organization will try to answer you as clearly as possible. The role of a project manager is to coordinate the overall development and delivery of a quality product. During project initiation (before the project begins), you will need to define the scope of work for the entire team. This is the framework that all project requirements must then enter into. Renewal of scope is subsequently agreed upon at the project level between the sponsoring stakeholders. Changes in scope usually mean changes in cost, resources, quality, and many other project parameters. Therefore, it would be nice to not only participate but even give guidance to the team on how it is moving against the preliminary contractual framework of the project.

I don’t see Scrum supporting my role. What will this mean for my career at our company?

Peter Liam, Technical Manager

I can assure you that in “Scrum” there may not be a technical manager, but don’t think that it could end your career in the company, on the contrary in “Scrum” you could fit in the “Development team” which is our developers. You could be managing a small team of programmers, architects, and engineers.

Do I have to participate in the events being talked about? I’m a designer and I don’t see the point in attending meetings that don’t concern our design.

Mariah Wolf, graphic designer

I want to let you know that when you are working on a project with other colleagues, it would be good to participate in the meetings, regardless of whether they directly concern you. In fact, in the “Scrum” methodology and especially in the “Development team” role, not only the programmers responsible for the creation of the product but also all other people who work on the project are included. As a great graphic design professional, you could always be helpful in these meetings with advice on product interface development.

I don’t understand exactly how Scrum will improve our work. Can you please explain?

Steven Paulson, Programmer

As a “Scrum Master” in the organization, I will introduce you to things that may seem very complicated to you, but will gradually improve our work. It is essential to follow some simple “rules” that you and I, I mean all the people working on the project, follow. During the period of execution of the tasks, the so-called “sprints”, the previously set ideas for the sprint “Sprint Backlog” are followed. Thus, in the increment (current version) of the product, all ideas, defects, and suggestions for improvement will be able to be corrected and reported promptly. Thus, the product will always be in a shark version and there will be no need to make corrections to completed tasks from two months ago.

I am very excited about integrating Scrum into our work. And what and how will I do exactly?

Kate Jordan, Senior Corporate Development Expert

It is very important to be quite “Agile” in the work of the organization, to constantly communicate with our customers, so that you will be able to help our “Product Owner” to create a cohesive team that will be able to satisfy every a “whim” of the client. You as a specialist in the field of public relations must always have a “back up” option for each of our employees, however, it could happen that we urgently need to attract a new member of the team, instead of wasting time in search, You would immediately react.

I have read a bit about Scrum and would like to be appointed to the Product Owner position

Paula Walliams, Advertising Manager

I, as a “Scrum Master”, could not give you an exact explanation, of whether you will be able to cope with the tasks of Product Owner, yes you are a great specialist in the field of advertising, but I could say that the two things are quite different and I will still advise you to go through the proper training before taking this step forward.


I would like to participate in Scrum roles as a Product Owner

Stephen Cooper, Project Coordinator

The Product Owner role creates user-oriented “tasks”. Note that “tasks” mean many things. Not only User Stories, but also defects (bugs), research tasks or technical improvements, ideas, etc. User Stories are the “tasks” the whole team works on to build the product together. The Product Owner also prioritizes the entire list of User Stories so that the team can focus on the most valuable ones. Each “task” can be broken down into separate real tasks that teams work on. And in this case, User Story is understood as a whole big idea that can be developed by different people and everyone can do their part. I would like to bring you on board as an assistant to our Product Owner at this time so that you can familiarize yourself with all of his commitments.

I would like to join the Scrum team as a Quality Master or something similar

Constance Washington, Quality Control Manager

You, as a quality control specialist, will fit into the team, however, the “Development team” does not only include people who work to complete the tasks, but the “Development team” includes people with different competencies, skills, and positions. These can be programmers, designers, architects, engineers, quality control, business analysts, and anyone else who works on the project.

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