9487Re: Can the scrummaster be a team member?
- Oct 6, 2005Victor,
I must be in a contrary mood this week. :)
As someone who lives the Team Member/Scrum Master role every day, I can see
your point. But...
Think about this though:
Unless the organization is large enough to have several teams running at
the same time, there's really no way that SM is going to be a full time job
for anyone. That means that the SM is going to have to task switch. The
question is then - what's he doing when he's not SMing? Clearly, if he's
not on the team, then the project isn't going to suffer because he's not as
effecient at his other tasks. If he's on the team, however, he won't be
able to function as efficiently on the team as he would as a full time
If the SM is a team member, however, he is plugged into the Sprint
activities 100% of the time, and will probably have a better (and first
hand) knowledge of the what's going on. This is probably an advantage.
We discarded some time ago any thought that I would be able to contribute
anything close to 1 full team member. As a matter of fact, we've come to
realize that SM activities are a whole lot more important than for me to do
than development tasks as a team member. For this reason, we've scaled
back how much of my time we schedule as available for development during
our Sprint planning.
What is much, much harder for me to manage in the Scrum Master/Team Member
dual role is balancing the Team Leader/Manager aspects of the SM role with
being a Team Member. For instance, my biggest job in team meetings (other
than Scrums) is to shut up. I don't vote, or if I do, I vote last and vote
with the majority. That kind of thing.
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