Re: [scrumdevelopment] Dual Roles?
- Monday, August 28, 2006, 1:11:45 PM, Greg Harisiades wrote:
> The question is pretty simple: Can a member of the team doing the workIt is possible, but definitely not ideal.
> also function as the Product Owner? What are the pros and cons of this.
I functioned in those two roles for about nine months when our
product owner moved on to another part of the company.
Unfortunately, the two different roles want you to think in
two different modes at the same time. The conversations with
yourself can be a bear. ;~O
If you don't have any choice, encourage the person to work
with the rest of the team to have them help her. Remind them
to clarify whether the PO/Developer is speaking as a product
owner, or as a developer whenever they have any question about
it. The lucky dual-roled one will probably find herself saying
things like: "Well, speaking as a developer, it would sure be
simpler to just treat the framitz as a special case of the
froodal; but, with my product owner hat on, it's certainly
reasonable for our customers to think of the framitz as a
unique event with its own terminology and screens". Voicing
thoughts out like this let team-mates call me on it when I was
getting the two roles muddled. It also helps them move forward
in their own quest to acquire a split personality, as well.