>OK, the poor pigs and chickens have had their time. Instead of
>interpreting Boris' post in a 0/1 perspective, I would like to extract
>the valuable information and try to fit it into the Scrum framework.
There are elements of Scrum (and Agile in general) that address the
interaction of the Team with the End Users. The approach that we use,
which I believe is essentially what Ken describes in the book, is that the
programmers sit down with the actual users and discuss what they need. I
believe that in a large part, this is what items 1 & 3 of the Agile
Manifesto are talking about.
From that perspective, we treat the End Users as "resources" and not Team
members. It would be different if they were on the project full time,
We also do the same thing with our web developer. He spends most of his
time doing content changes and independant development. When we need him
to do some work on something more involved and related to core systems, we
usually only need a day or two of his time. So the Team's BA takes
responsbility for his involvement, makes sure that he understands what's
needed of him, and reports on his progress at the daily stand-up meeting.
I think the biggest point to keep in mind is that you want to keep all of
the distractions away from the Team if you can. This were the SM really
earns his paycheck. If there are issues with the PO not talking to the End
Users, or taking the project in the wrong direction, or whatever, then it
really is up to the SM to be on top of those things and sort them out. The
Team may notice them first, in which case I would expect them to be raised
as impediments at a scrum, and then the SM is supposed to take it from
there and stop it from further distracting the Team.
So as far as implementing Scrum goes, I'd pretty much lay it all on the SM.
He's the one who's supposed to understand how it all fits together, and
he's the one that the Team needs to count on to make sure that it is, in
fact, fitting together properly. The idea is to make sure that the needs
of the chickens are looked after, but at the same time keep them from
distracting the Team.