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The last cartoon of 2008 covered the topic of how to handle questions from outside stakeholders during a Scrum (or iteration).
Remember that even familiar chickens can be dangerous to derailing an iteration.
Does that sound too dogmatic?
Who calls an iteration “Done?”
That would be the Product Owner (look back at this old comic strip from the early days for a refresher on that).
And, the “old way” of doing this — in a waterfall environment — was to bow to the pressure. That leads to very funny cult-movies; however, in reality it sucks for everyone involved.
Especially if you bow to it while using Scrum.
If you are a Team Member on a Scrum team and you get asked to do something that is outside the Sprint Backlog, you’ve GOTTA turn it over to the Product Owner to deal with.
So, this comic strip shows that.
Our intrepid character Pig did the right thing.
What is the Product Owner now supposed to do with this information?
This is not a blame game.
Someone needs to be responsible for the decisions.
How does this sit with you?
And where does the ScrumMaster play in this situation?
Comments, as usual, are requested and will help guide where we take this in the future (smile).