Dev Team & Stakeholder

Your Developers are Stakeholders as Well

by Pete R.

Scrum is one of the most useful agile frameworks for managing projects and work in general. It has an emphasis on software development and has many other applications for various fields. Traditional project teams have started to realize their potential and have begun to explore it. The time-boxed iterations or sprints help ensure that the work being conducted is according to the timeline.

Stakeholders are a group of persons who are directly or indirectly interested or have an interest in a project. These could include the testing team, development team, management, quality assurance team and most definitely the product owner (client).

In Scrum, people frequently believe that the stakeholders are usually the ones who would validate the product as the product has been made for them as per their requirements meaning that the only stakeholder is the customer himself.

However, this is a wrong approach as stakeholders consist of all the parties which have an interest in the product being developed and the scrum process. Hence, it would include the business owner, customer, supplier, product support and the subject matter experts.

Scrum Team is the Major Stakeholder

People tend to forget that it is the scrum team which is the major stakeholder of the project. It means that scrum developers or the development team, in general, are stakeholders just like the product owner who pays for the project being done.

Legitimate Interests

There is a need for people who have an interest in the product or project to have legitimate interests for them to be classified as stakeholders. The developers have too many things at stake and hence, would be considered as stakeholders since they have a legitimate interest.

Typically, it is the product owner who defines the backlog for the scrum team and sets the priorities for them to work on. Further, the product owner would validate the first units of work and then at the sprint ending demo.

There is a clear line between stakeholders and those who cannot be considered as stakeholders such as the users.

The Responsibility of Developers

Scrum developers are at the heart of the entire project as they help give it a vision and pave the way for the project to be done and become successful. They are responsible for just about everything from managing the team to ensuring that the schedule is followed.

A scrum developer is a scrum expert and is a part of the Scrum development team. It is required for the scrum developer to be skilled in scrum methodology, hence, would be well-versed in understanding the basic Scrum framework and on how to effectively implement it to a software project at hand.

Possessing technical knowledge and skills is a prerequisite for a scrum developer, and he should be able to use programming, coding or software analysis to perform his work. Working in a team enables the scrum developer to pass on the knowledge to the scrum team and ensures that there is collaboration.


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