If we open the Sprint Planning Meeting article, in the very beginning there are some words about the stakeholders:
One of the most important events of Scrum is the Scrum Planning Meeting. A Product Owner, a Scrum Master and the whole Development Team take part in it. Sometimes, but not very often, stakeholders are also present during the meeting.
In simple words, a Stakeholder is anyone, who has any share or interest in the project: a direct supervisor or any person financing the project. From this point of view they can be treated as managers, though it is not a truly correct definition, according to Scrum. Scrum lacks the traditional management, but some parts of it are still present. They are represented by some activities, which don’t fall into the list of duties of a Scrum Team: creating a purchase list, evaluating the risks, creating a quality assurance plan, and so on. Anything necessary for the proper functioning of a company. Stakeholders is a kind of an adhesive layer between an innovative Scrum system (with its own project management rules) and with the functioning of the whole company.
Main responsibilities of Stakeholders:
- Interacting with the Product Owner which includes support and development of the Product Backlog;
- Attending Sprint Planning Meetings in order to give a feedback if nececcary;
- Giving the Team a feedback during Sprint Review Meetings;
- Removing any obstacles from, which get in the of a Team, a Product Owner or a Scrum Master;
- Making sure the working process during a Sprint is smooth and nothing distracts the Team.