What Is A Developer in Scrum? The Developer in a Scrum Team is simply anyone that is doing the work that helps complete the Increment. Developers can be Software Developers, Coders or even Testers; they can be anyone from the team that is tasked with executing the creation and completion of an Increment. What is important is that they are contributing towards creating an Increment. As long as their overarching goal is to get the product out the door and to our customers, they can be considered a Developer. This also sometimes means that a Product Owner or even a Scrum Master can work as a Developer. 

So, What Does A Developer Do? 

The Scrum Developer is responsible for creating all product deliverables alongside the rest of the Scrum Team. Together, the Development Team works together to deliver a valuable Increment that meets the Definition of Done.

The Development Team is therefore responsible for: 
🚀  Understanding the business requirements that are defined by the Product Owner. 🚀  Estimating user stories in the Sprint Backlog. 🚀 Developing the product or service. 
At the end of each Sprint, each Scrum Developer is responsible for delivering a functionable element (chunk) of the product. 
Other important day-to-day responsibilities can include:

🚀 Achieving Sprint goals. 🚀 Attending Daily Scrum meetings. 🚀 Collaborating with the Product Owner and Scrum Master. 🚀 Developing the Sprint Backlog and the Sprint Burndown Chart.🚀 Update Burndown Chart, Scrum Board, and Impediment Log.🚀 Participating in Prioritised Product Backlog Review Meetings and Retrospect Project Meetings. 🚀 Identifying areas for improvement. 

What Skills are Needed to Be a Scrum Developer?

If you are interested in becoming a Scrum Developer, you should have:

🚀 Technical knowledge and skills (software analysis, coding, software programming or testing).

🚀 Deep knowledge and understanding of the Scrum Framework and how to implement it.

🚀 Team and interpersonal skills for collaboration and problem solving. 

As you can see, a Scrum Developer is an important role in the Scrum Team and without them we would not be able to execute our deliverables. Having superb Developers in your team can really be the defining factor of what makes you succeed. For this reason it is really important that we appoint qualified and experienced professionals onto our team, and most importantly people who are hungry for change, challenge, and innovation. 

With that being said, we can define a ‘great’ Developer as someone who: 

🚀  Works well with other Developers, the Scrum Master and the Product Owner. 

🚀  Seeks to solve problems proactively. 

🚀  Strives to achieve the best possible outcome.

They are also goal-orientated,self-organised and take responsibility for what they do. 

Interested to learn more about what it takes to be a great Product Owner? 

Get in touch today and let’s work together on your journey to success! 

Pragmatic Shift is a Scrum Training, Agile Consulting, and Agile Coaching consultancy that specialises in delivering Scrum.Org certified scrum courses, and helping organisations increase their business agility and product development success through agile consulting and coaching.

We firmly believe that a shift to agile is a pragmatic shift. A natural evolution from traditional project management and product management. A proven, reliable, and resilient framework for addressing compelling problems and developing complex solutions.

Over a decade’s worth of experience as an agile practitioner, agile consultant, agile coach, and scrum trainer informs our pragmatic approach to change. Agile dogma has no value in the context of product development or organisational change.

Instead, we look to start where you are, work with what you have, and make meaningful interventions that align with the objectives you are trying to achieve.

Progress over perfection.

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