Scrum Pigs and Chickens

By Ray Claridge
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Scrum RolesJust found the following joke that describes the types of roles that make up a scrum team:

A pig and a chicken are walking down a road. The chicken looks at the pig and says, "Hey, why don't we open a restaurant?" The pig looks back at the chicken and says, "Good idea, what do you want to call it?" The chicken thinks about it and says, "Why don't we call it 'Ham and Eggs'?" "I don't think so," says the pig, "I'd be committed, but you'd only be involved."

What this joke got to do with scrum?

So the "pigs" are committed to building software regularly and frequently, while everyone else is a "chicken" - interested in the project but really indifferent because if it fails they're not the pigs - that is, they weren't the ones that committed to doing it. The needs, desires, ideas and influences of the chicken roles are taken into account, but are not in any way allowed to affect, distort or get in the way of the actual Scrum project (courtesy of wikipedia).

Pigs: Product Owner, Scrum Master, Dev Team.
Chickens: Users, Stakeholders, Managers.

Not sure I agree with 'chickens are not allowed to affect, distort scrum. However, it is an interesting take on scrum roles. Read More...