The Agile Parking Lot
Can the ScrumMaster and the Product Owner be the Same Person?

Video Transcription:

Hi, this is Bryan Stallings from SolutionsIQ. Another question from the Parking Lot. “Can the ScrumMaster and the product owner be the same person?” It’s a simple answer: no. The reason for that is, think about what we are trying to accomplish in Scrum. The ScrumMaster is one individual who focuses on supporting the team and protecting the team. Trying to help them achieve a sustainable pace, help them as they try to deliver high quality, and really be a servant to the team. On the other hand, you’ve got the Product Owner. The Product Owner is focused on prioritizing, getting the backlog ready, and they’re asking for “more, more, more” when it comes to business value. So, those two can be in conflict, and that can be healthy. We figure out a negotiated balance. But when both of those voices reside in a single person, it’s really confusing to the team. You don’t have that check and balance and you’re going to end up with problems. So avoid that. Single Product Owner. Single ScrumMaster. Don’t blend them in the same person.

About The Agile Parking Lot Video Series

Many of you are familiar with the concept of the Parking Lot — that place you “park” questions to be addressed later during a training class or workshop. This series is a virtual Parking Lot.