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The Scrum Guide: The Scrum Team

The Scrum Team

The Scrum Team consists of a Product Owner, the Development Team, and a Scrum Master. Scrum Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional. Self-organizing teams choose how best to accomplish their work, rather than being directed by others outside the team. Cross-functional teams have all competencies needed to accomplish the work without depending on others not part of the team. The team model in Scrum is designed to optimize flexibility, creativity, and productivity. The Scrum Team has proven itself to be increasingly effective for all the earlier stated uses, and any complex work.

Scrum Teams deliver products iteratively and incrementally, maximizing opportunities for feedback. Incremental deliveries of "Done" product ensure a potentially useful version of working product is always available.


Not part of the Scrum Team but stakeholders participate in the Sprint Review primarily to inspect and adapt the Product Backlog. [Duncan Maddox PST]


In Scrum no-one tells the Development Team how to do their work, not the Scrum Master and not management. Managers would have input alongside other stakeholders at the Sprint Review and within Scrum are expected to provide leadership and assist the Scrum Master by removing organisation impediments. [Duncan Maddox PST]



Project Management responsibilities are carried out in Scrum by the Product Owner and the Development Team. If an organisation has a PMO which requires updates then that would normally fall within the responsibilities of the Product Owner but The Scrum Guide has nothing explicitly to say on this matter. [Duncan Maddox PST]

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