Why it's called developmet Team?

Last post 03:13 pm December 9, 2019
by Venkatesh Reddy
4 replies
10:13 am December 7, 2019

Hi Everyone,

While going through SCRUM guide I only get to read about Development Team but nowhere it is mentioned about the testing team. To my surprise one of the statement says that Development Team should be cross functional. Does it mean a Development Team consists of Developers and Testers? or Should Tester be kept outside of the Scrum Team?



04:03 am December 9, 2019

The Development Team is cross functional meaning it has the make up of the skills required to deliver the product to production including testing on the team...

09:23 am December 9, 2019

Hi Eric, thank you for reply, now I'm curious with the below line from the Guide:

If Development Team is cross functional then the below line says that Scrum recognizes no sub-teams in the Development Team?

  • Scrum recognizes no sub-teams in the Development Team, regardless of domains that need to be addressed like testing, architecture, operations, or business analysis; and,

 I'm a little confused with this topic of Development Team being cross functional and above line.

11:28 am December 9, 2019

The Scrum Guide states:

The Development Team consists of professionals who do the work of delivering a potentially releasable Increment of "Done" product at the end of each Sprint.


Development Teams are cross-functional, with all the skills as a team necessary to create a product Increment

In order to define what "cross-functional" means, you also need to have an understanding of "releasable" and "Done". You also need to understand the implications of the choices in defining these terms, and evolving the definition over time.

So, I'd ask you: What does it mean for a product Increment to be "Done" and potentially releasable at the end of a Sprint? The answer to that question will determine if testers (and other roles) are part of a Scrum Team or belong to a downstream process that receives released Increments from a Scrum Team.

01:59 pm December 9, 2019

Hi Thomas,

Thank you for a detailed explanation, now I have a clear understanding. Glad you took me through the broader picture of DONE which made me understand the term Cross Functional and it's requirement.