The Chicken and Pig Story

“The Chicken and Pig Story” by Ken Schwaber

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.”

How it’s Used: Chickens and Pigs are used to define participants and roles in Scrum. “Pig” roles are usually the actual team members, the Scrum Master, or the Project Owner. “Chicken” roles are managers or stakeholders.

Any roles involved in a project that do not directly contribute toward the goal of putting valuable software in the hands of users as quickly as possible should be carefully considered. – Stein Inge Morisbak

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