Interview Question #1: How Does Your Scrum Team Handle NFRs?

When interviewing people for a Scrum Master position, one of the questions I usually ask a potential candidate is this simple, straightforward question: How have your Scrum Teams handled Non Functional Requirements (NFRs)?

In my experience more than half the candidates struggle to provide an acceptable answer. How deep a person goes with their response can tell you a lot about their experience and provide you with some good insights, because there could be several valid ways a Scrum Team chooses to handle NFRs. Scrum does not prescribe solutions, and what works for one team may not work for another.