There are a lot of coaches who practice Scrum, advocate having a cross-functional team without exactly letting us understand what that means to a company. So, let’s see what exactly a Cross-functional scrum team means and who all comes in it? – A well-versed and cross-functional, software development, scrum team includes executives and representatives who are required to develop certain features and functionalities. A cross-functional scrum team means it should ensure a complete user story in terms of functionality. And that includes coding completed and successfully checked in, functional testing of user story done, UI is visible, integration points are successfully identified and many more.
A cross-functional scrum team is not just a key part of the technology team. If you are sorting ‘teams’ into a well-versed UI team, data team, testing team, API team, or any other technology team. That means you are defeating the team dynamics with the different views while wisely reviewing a user story. It forces user stories to be broken along the processor technology lines rather than just looking at a User story feature as a whole. Incorporating disciplines within a team always create an environment of wisdom and holistic understanding of what is involved in building the feature identified in the user story. The key aim of imbibing cross-functional scrum is it helps in exposing the area that all the team members may not have considered. However, it’s true that a team matures rapidly in a diverse environment.
By considering a team member’s need, you are moving a step ahead towards building a well-versed and agile matured scrum team. There are a lot of people who believe that a cross-functional scrum team is a combination of technical leads, architects and subject-matter experts who are experienced in establishing an architectural design and wisely approaching for a centered solution. They then always directed on how the development team proceeds with the feature of development. This type of team is basically called as an architect or design team. And every member of the team comes with his knowledge and expertise who could analyze a well-versed solution in order to figure out the best and efficient way to meet goals and customer’s goals. As the architect or design team affirms the approach, they become the valued advisers for the remaining parts of the whole project. And they could be called upon during the sprint development to completely clarify the technical reasoning behind the user’s story and provide the best advice on how to successfully and flawlessly implement the development. This team is basically on the periphery of the scrum team, thus, helping and assisting them but not actively building for the scrum team.
Always remember a truly cross-functional scrum team is a pleasure to work with. Sharing real-time information and understanding each other’s point of view allows teams to move a bit closer to become a collaborative scrum team –which is a one step closer to become more mature with time in a scrum. To learn more about Parangat’s agile service offerings, let’s schedule a meeting with the experts or you could write us at [email protected]