Multiple Teams within one space

Last post 08:25 pm November 27, 2019
by Timothy Baffa
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11:28 am November 26, 2019

In my organization we have two teams that handle different aspects of software namely front end and back end. We now have two scrum masters that want to run these two teams separate as they dont have a singular backlog.

Any words of wisdom? They teams are very different in terms of maturity and ways of working as currently, one team is running on one week Kanban and the other dedicated two week sprints.

03:09 pm November 26, 2019

Do these teams run into a lot of dependency issues between each other? If so, how do you feel that impacts their ability to create valuable software? 

03:37 pm November 26, 2019

I feel that @Tony Divel's question is the basis for everything.  If you are frequently limited by dependencies between the backend and frontend then I'd suggest rethinking how you look at your products/team makeup. But...

I have seen where the backend is developed entirely separately from the frontend with versioned APIs, etc. and the frontend will create features based on the availability of functionality provided by the backend.  In these cases it is typical that the backend is also providing the same APIs to multiple frontends (internal to the same company or external to integrators) so the two parts can be treated as separate products and thus could be worked on by 2 separate teams. 

The key is to be able to answer @Tony Divel's question and take a really hard look at what you build and deliver.

04:32 pm November 26, 2019

In my organization we have two teams that handle different aspects of software namely front end and back end. We now have two scrum masters that want to run these two teams separate as they dont have a singular backlog.

Do the Scrum Masters think it is wise to have separate backlogs for front and back ends? Do they really believe this is the best way for a Product Owner to order work so product value is maximized?

07:45 pm November 26, 2019

Why is that decision up to the Scrum Masters and why are they making that decision together instead of with the Scrum Teams themselves?

Would either team be considered cross-functional and self-organizing? Nobody tells the Dev Team how to do the work, so as servant leaders for the Product Owners, the Dev Team AND the Organization, the Scrum Masters should be coming to the conclusions collaboratively with each Scrum Team.

03:42 am November 27, 2019

Maybe they need to ask the team itself on how to solve or improve on this issue. There might the issue that the team is not aware that this is an issue at all.

08:25 pm November 27, 2019

We now have two scrum masters that want to run these two teams separate as they dont have a singular backlog

Why do you believe Scrum Masters "run" anything?