A client recently asked me, “Can you tell me what the members of the Scrum team do day to day. What does an actual day in the life of a Product Owner, Developer, and Scrum Master look like?” Great question. Let’s break down what a typical day looks like for all these roles. Note that […]
A client recently asked me, “Can you tell me what the members of the Scrum team do day to day. What does an actual day in the life of a Product Owner, Developer, and Scrum Master look like?” Great question. Let’s break down what a typical day looks like for all these roles.
Note that in Scrum, at the beginning of the sprint, the Product Owner, Developers, and Scrum Master will spend a good portion of the day in sprint planning. At the end of the sprint, they will spend a good portion of the day in sprint review and retrospectives. The examples below represent a sample day in the middle of a sprint, after sprint planning, but before end of the sprint.
A Product Owner focuses their time on three keys areas:
Note that effective Product Owners ensure that they allocate a responsible amount of time to all three of those areas.
8 a.m.: respond to emails
9 a.m.: attend daily Scrum. Note the Product Owner is optional for daily Scrum. They can attend, but they don’t have too. Also note we allocated 30 minutes here. Daily Scrum is only 15 minutes long (max), but the time right after daily Scrum is great for ad-hoc discussions, follow-ups, Q&A, and reviewing previous day’s work and items.
9:30 a.m.: meet with Scrum Master to review how the team’s doing and get feedback on how they’re doing as Product Owner
10 a.m.: Verify and validate the user stories the team completed thus far in the sprint and answered some team questions
11 a.m.: Meet with stakeholders to understand and work through some new requirements
12 p.m.: Lunch
1 p.m.: Create new user stories, reprioritize a few product backlog items, and brief the Scrum team on these updates
2 p.m.: Meet with stakeholders to have them verify some of the work we completed
3 p.m.: Meet with leadership to brief them on product progress
4 p.m.: review where the team is in terms of progress on the sprint goal, the release goal, the roadmap milestones, and the product goal
Developers are the team members that provide the estimates and build the product.
8 a.m.: Respond to emails
9 a.m.: Attend daily Scrum. Note we allocated an hour here. Daily Scrum is only 15 minutes long (max), but the time right after daily Scrum is great for ad-hoc discussions, follow-ups, Q&A, and reviewing previous day’s work and items.
10 a.m.: Meet with Product Owner to review new user stories and provide estimates
10:30 a.m.: Meet with Product Owner and a selected stakeholders to review completed items
11 a.m.: Work on their user stories
12 p.m.: Lunch
1 p.m.: Work on their user stories
3 p.m.: Attend workshop by Scrum Master on effective estimation techniques
4 p.m.: Peer review teammates’ work
The Scrum Master is the team coach. They work with the Product Owner, the Developers, and the organization to help them be the most effective in the Scrum framework. Scrum Masters are focused on ensuring the team is working effectively in the Scrum framework, impediments are being removed, the team is continuously improving, and the team has an environment of transparency, inspection and adaptation
8 a.m.: Review emails and review the team’s Scrum board
9 a.m.: Attend daily Scrum
10 a.m.: Remove impediments they are tracking
11 a.m.: Work with Product Owner on improving how they write user stories
12 p.m.: Lunch
1 p.m.: Hold workshop on helping team improve estimates
2 p.m.: Facilitate requirements gathering session
3 p.m.: Facilitate team requirements review session
4 p.m.: Meet with members of Scrum team for a series of one-on-one sessions
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