Scrum roles


Scrum roles at a glance

Scrum is a method of agile project management that gets by with few roles and rules. There are exactly three Scrum roles that are needed for successful project implementation. You can find out what these are and what makes up each role in this article.

What Scrum roles are there?

There are three central Scrum roles, each of which has its own unique tasks and management functions. Thus, no two roles are alike. Only if everyone knows their Scrum role well and can implement it accordingly, a harmonious cooperation is possible. This is how the project can run successfully. The three roles of a Scrum team are:

  • Product Owner
  • Scrum Master
  • Developers

Product Owner: responsibilities of the Scrum role

The product owner must not only be aware of the interests of the stakeholders and users, but also consistently represent them. Therefore, he or she always looks at the project from their perspective. They are, so to speak, the link to the customer and market.

The Scrum role of the product owner is to determine the product features and functionalities that are to be developed. However, they do not intervene later in the development process. Nevertheless, it is important that they are available throughout the project so that they can flexibly implement customer requirements.

Scrum Master: What to do?

The role of the Scrum Master can be compared to a facilitator or organizer. The Scrum Master takes care of the communication of the development team with all other stakeholders. They have to check regularly if the rules and values of the project are respected. In addition, it is the Scrum Master who creates the framework conditions for a project. Thus they provide means and resources, remove obstacles and mediate between the product owner and the development team.

Due to the neutral position, however, the Scrum Master does not make any decisions regarding content. Their function is primarily to make it possible for the team to work undisturbed.

Duties and functions of the developers

The third Scrum role are the developers. As a rule, they are a team consisting of 5-10 project members. There should not be any specific hierarchies. The team should organize itself which is why it also realizes new product increments on its own responsibility.

The goal of this Scrum role is to promote and make use of the skills of each member to achieve a collaborative performance. This enables optimal results in a liberal environment in which people enjoy working.

Want to learn more about Scrum roles?

Agility like Scrum adds real value to your projects. Both the company itself and the customers benefit from it. For this reason, there are numerous trainings and educations that help you understand and implement the different Scrum roles even better. IFAAI helps you to better implement Scrum in projects yourself. Learn how to ideally implement your Scrum role and thus make a valuable contribution to the project. With professional certifications you can add value to any project. This is how agility works!