Developers shared between multiple Scrum team for a product backlog

Last post 10:08 pm May 4, 2021
by Chris Belknap
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05:53 pm May 3, 2021

We are working in multiple Scrum teams for a single feature based Product Backlog. There is no issue with capacity and knowledge. Each team is capable of delivering releasable software.  

Is it better to share developers within Scrum Teams.

  • If yes what's the benefit we will get? Will the collaboration between 2 teams increased?
  • If no, what will be the disadvantage?
12:29 am May 4, 2021

Have you posed this question to the Developers on the Scrum Teams, and facilitated the pros and cons of each? Take it to the developers!

05:04 am May 4, 2021

Is it better to share developers within Scrum Teams.

Does each team have its own Sprint Goal commitment and need for focus?

Will the collaboration between 2 teams increased?

Is inter-team collaboration believed to be inadequate right now?

05:42 am May 4, 2021

Hi Ian,

Thanks for your response. Please find my answer below.

  • Does each team have its own Sprint Goal commitment and need for focus? - Yes. Usually crafted during sprint planning.
  • Is inter-team collaboration believed to be inadequate right now? - Yes. To some extent.
05:44 am May 4, 2021

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the excellent idea.

07:31 pm May 4, 2021

Does each team have its own Sprint Goal commitment and need for focus? - Yes. Usually crafted during sprint planning.

If team members were to be shared between teams, what effect do they think that would have on their commitment and focus?

Is inter-team collaboration believed to be inadequate right now? - Yes. To some extent.

How visible is that problem? How clearly does it impact the teams' ability to create a finished and integrated increment, each Sprint, for the joint product they are working on...and what's stopping them from collaborating effectively right now?

10:08 pm May 4, 2021

Payel - Congratulations on using Sprint Goals, I see a lot of teams who don't for many reasons.

Are you asking that people be shared between two teams during 1 Sprint, say a person 50% on one team and 50% on the other? If so Ian brings up some good questions.

Or would they self-organize into the right team before a Sprint starts?