The Development Team in Scrum – Just Developers or a Real Team?

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The Development Team forms an integral part of a Scrum team. Scrum recognizes that small teams are good and essential for self-organization to be effective. It acknowledges if a team is too small it may struggle to be cross-functional. It makes a recommendation towards teams between 3 and 9 being the optimum. At the Sprint Review, a “Done” increment is required. Development Teams are structured well and empowered by the organization to effectively manage their own work and create this increment. This results in a unique synergy that optimizes the overall efficiency of the Development Team. Optimal Development Team size is small enough to remain alert and large enough to complete significant work within a Sprint. Less than three Development Team members decrease interaction and results in smaller productivity gains.

Roles in Development Teams

  • Product and Project Managers: Product managers are like the ship captains for products and the project manager is like a first mate. Depending on the size of the company, developers may work directly with product managers or almost never see them. In smaller companies, product managers will also take on project manager responsibilities, and work on it.
  • Designers: Designers in a development team may look like an artist who paints a picture of what a site should look like, but they’ll also often do a lot of other things. In crafting a user experience, designers are vital partners to the product & project managers and key stakeholders working with developers. Often the designer and product owner will work very closely together on what a product road map should be. Designers will often make wire frames and the user stories that define what problems a development team will solve.
  • Assigning Roles on a Team Project: If you are tackling a team project, depending on the size of your team, you need a product manager or project manager and a designer. Team members playing those roles can also write code, but it will help to have specific people responsible for specific tasks. Dividing out tasks from there can be easy and effective when done in a scrum setting. You can even keep it simple and have the project manager assign the work.

Responsibilities of a Development Team

  1. The development team in the scrum is designed to consist of approximately 10 people – give or take, depending on the project who addresses complex problems creatively and productively.
  2. A creative development process is a learning process, during which ideas are manifested and validated.
  3. They are a team of professionals who are empowered by the organization to manage their own work.
  4. Team members are generally cross-functional and combine to bring to the table all skills necessary to create a product increment.
  5. A Scrum team consists of a variety of skills in the web industry ranging from JavaScript, Angular JS, HTML, CSS, web forms, MVC, and Telerik. And therefore the team brings assurance to the client that they are dealing efficiently to produce the desired results for the client.
  6. The team can implement the final website and application from simple to complex highly integrated business web applications.
  7. The Scrum team, together and individually, is accountable for their actions and deliverables.
  8. It could be that each individual developer may have a specific skill but the whole team is accountable for web development.  And a Scrum Master is responsible for helping the scrum team understand the scope of the project and encourages everyone to maximize the value created by the team.
  9. The Scrum Master is responsible to the Product Owner and ensures that they understand how to arrange product backlogs to maximize the return on investment.
  10. 10. The Master is responsible for facilitating the Team to implement events as expected and provides advice to those outside the scrum team on which interactions are valuable and those that can be less helpful.

Just Developers or a Real Team

A real team is not something that happens on its own. In other words, an efficient or real team is just not about professionalism, but how the team members interact. Only the real and efficient team can deal with the workload faster and be more productive. And generally, it’s always nice to work with a team that always works well. Statistics show that the main reason why projects fail is lack of confidence in the project’s success. In order to function properly, the team needs to know all the aspects of the process, their duties and responsibilities, and believe in what they do and convince them. Here’s how to build a software development team where you can rely on an effective and real team.


Scrum is teamwork. A real team is trusted and empowered to self-organize and best equipped to handle complex dynamic challenges. Being cross-functional and having a clear collective purpose, can develop a collective sense of accountability which will focus on developing valuable output.

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