The Rules of Scrum: Your Product Owner has no duties outside the Product Owner duties

The Product Owner duties make up a full-time job on a Scrum Team. The Product Owner should not be a manager, a developer or have any other partial duties outside the role of Product Owner. This focus allows a Product Owner to complete their duties with complete focus and commitment to the success of the Product. Of course, in the creation of a Product and its vision, there are many things that need to be done with customers, users and other stakeholders, not just working with the Scrum Team directly. If the Product Owner has other duties outside of Product Owner duties, then one or more of the Product Owner duties are compromised, the Product Owner job is not being done and the team suffers. An individual who feels unable to serve as a full-time Product Owner should not accept this position or should work with their management to enable it to become a full-time position.

To learn more about a Product Owners duties, visit the Scrum Team Assessment.

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The Rules of Scrum: Your ScrumMaster has no duties outside of the ScrumMaster duties

The ScrumMaster duties make up a full-time job on a Scrum Team. The ScrumMaster should not be a manager, a developer or have any other partial duties outside the role of ScrumMaster. This focus allows a ScrumMaster to complete their duties with complete focus and commitment to the success of the Scrum Team. In many ways, the ScrumMaster is like a firefighter. Firefighters should have no distractions from being ready to fight fires. If the ScrumMaster has other duties outside of ScrumMaster duties, then one or more of the ScrumMaster duties are compromised, the ScrumMaster job is not being done and the team suffers. An individual who feels unable to serve as a full-time ScrumMaster should not accept this position or should work with their management to enable it to become a full-time position.

To learn more about a ScrumMaster’s duties, visit the Scrum Team Assessment.

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