Thursday, February 5, 2015

Scrum and PRINCE2 – Who gets the workpackage?

Scrum Workpackage PRINCE2If your project includes one or several Scrum teams, you could end up is quite a debate on who takes which PRINCE2 role. The Scrum team is by definition self managed. Scrum defines two roles in addition to the team, the scrum master and the backlog owner.
The Scrum Master’s responsibility is limited to facilitating the Scrum process. The Product Owner controls the backlog. In theory, a small project can be executed by the Scrum team alone. The scrum master could then take a role as project manager. But, what do you do if it is a larger project? Who would you then consider to take the Team Manager role and with whom do you negotiate workpackages?

So, summarized the three Scrum roles are:
  1. The Product Owner represents the stakeholders and is the voice of the customer. 
  2. The Development Team is responsible for delivering potentially shippable increments (PSIs) of product at the end of each Sprint (the Sprint Goal). The Development Team in Scrum is self-organizing.
  3. Scrum is facilitated by a Scrum Master, who is accountable for removing impediments to the ability of the team to deliver the product goals and deliverables. The Scrum Master is not a traditional team lead or project manager, but acts as a buffer between the team and any distracting influences.
Because the team in theory is self-managed, there is no Team Manager as defined in PRINCE2. Someone must than wear this PRINCE2 Team Manager role as an additional hat. The recommended approach is to put the burden on the Scrum Master. The Scrum Master essentially takes the Team Manager/Team Lead role under the PRINCE2 model.
Read more about the integration of PRINCE2 and Scrum.

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