Clarify whether the ScrumMaster is active in development or not
Conflicting opinions have been expressed (both in our team and in Scrum Alliance articles) as to whether the ScrumMaster is also active in development (e.g. in writing code). It would be useful to have a clear answer (yes, no, unspecified) so that we can stop discussing what Scrum is and get down to whether it is true-Scrum that we want or something resembling it.
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Guillaume Leone commented
For information, in the first version of the Scrum Guide (Scrum Alliance), there was a "tip" about that :
"The ScrumMaster may be part of the Team such as a developer performing Sprint tasks. However, if this is the case, there may be conflict between removing impediments and performing tasks. The ScrumMaster is never the Product Owner."
John Fuller commented
Agreed. the guide has a conditional statement regarding the PO or SM contributing to the development work. It would be helpful to expand on this and discuss when and how much this is a good or bad practice.