· Which of the top three traits identified for your role do you think are the most important?
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According to the Scrum Guide, Scrum is a framework within which people can address complex

problems, and productively and creatively develop products of the highest possible value. It’s a tool

organizations can use to increase their agility.

Within Scrum self-organizing, cross-functional, and highly productive teams do the work: creating

valuable releasable product increments. Scrum offers a framework that catalyzes the teams learning

through discovery, collaboration and experimentation.

A great Scrum Team consists of a Product Owner who maximizes value, a Scrum Master who enables

continuous improvement and a Development Team who focuses on delivering high quality product


For sure this sounds great!

But what are the characteristics of such a great Scrum Team?

This white paper will answer that question. It offers a detailed description of the characteristics and

skills of a great Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development Team.

If you know any other characteristics of a great Scrum Team, feel free to share them with me at

[email protected]

Barry Overeem

Characteristics of a Great Scrum Team

July 2016

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The Product Owner
The Product Owner is responsible for maximizing the value of the product and the work of the

Development Team. It’s a one-person role that brings the customer perspective of the product to a

Scrum Team1.

The Product Owner is responsible for:

 Developing and maintaining a product vision and market strategy;

 Product management;

 Ordering and managing the Product Backlog;

 Involving stakeholders and end-users in Product Backlog refinement and backlog


 Alignment with other Product Owners when needed from an overall product, company or

customer perspective.


 Embraces, shares and socializes the product vision. A great Product Owner represents

the customers voice and creates a product vision together with the stakeholders. Every

decision is taken with the product vision in mind. This ensures sustainable product

development, provides clarity for the development team and increases the chances of product

success drastically.

 Exceeds the customer’s expectation. A great Product Owner truly understands the

customer’s intentions and goals with the product and is able to outstrip its expectations.

Customer delight is the ultimate goal!

 Is empowered. A great Product Owner is empowered to take decisions related to the

product. Sure, creating support for his decisions might take some time, but swiftly taking

important decisions is a primary condition for a sustainable pace of the development team.

 Orders the product backlog. A great Product Owner understands that the product backlog

should be ordered. Priority, risk, valu

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