Rule #25
Reports - Do you know that you should have Scrum Team contracts?
  v10.0 Posted at 1/12/2010 1:22 PM by system

Working together as a team is hard. Especially with the distractions that are around as part of daily office life. You need all three partied to a Scrum Team, the Product Owner, the ScrumMaster and the Team, to work together to achieve the Sprint Goal.

Scrum defines three distinct roles that must work together as a Scrum team to produce a successful product. The product owner is responsible for understanding what stakeholders require, interpreting these requirements for the team, and providing clear prioritized direction. The team is composed of those people actively engaged in building the product. The team collectively and members individually are responsible for building the product according to the priorities and requirements provided by the product owner. The team is completely responsible for deciding how to achieve its goals and how to organize its work. Finally, the ScrumMaster is responsible for the health of the process, reporting the progress of the team, and removing impediments to progress.

From http://www.scrumalliance.org/articles/21-contracts-for-implementing-scrum

With these roles come a number of promises between the three parties, the Product Owner, the ScrumMaster and the Team. These promises should be formalised so that everyone knows where they stand.

Contract between the Organization and the Team

Sample Contract between Members of the Scrum Team

You will probably need to customise these document, but they are a good start.

 


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