In November 2020, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland (the creators of Scrum) released an updated version of The Scrum Guide. There were quite a few changes. Here are the ones that Jim, Jit and David think are most significant to teams. Addition of the Product Goal The Scrum Guide says:… Read More »The Scrum Guide changes
Date: 26-28 August 2020 Location: Online Price: from £700 Trainers: David Lowe, Jiten Vara & Jim Wyllie The starting point for all teams and organisations who want to take an agile approach, is to understand why such an approach is beneficial. This course explains why using an agile mindset is important,… Read More »3-day Agile Fundamentals
“So a Scrum team has three roles: Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development team. Where does the project manager fit in?” This is a common question when someone first encounters Scrum. They are naturally concerned that there will suddenly be no project management, and try to work out whether the… Read More »What happens to a project manager when you start using Scrum?
In November 2017, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland presented their revisions to The Scrum Guide™. The recording of the webinar is available on Vimeo. It is just over 55 minutes long. Here is a summary of the major changes: 1) Uses of Scrum The new Guide now has an additional… Read More »Scrum Guide changes
As a Scrum Master, it’s never easy to know what a job is really going to be like before you start, but we’ve been looking out for what we think are bad smells in job offers. Please feel free to tell us your own in the comments. Job title of… Read More »Scrum Master job descriptions
I often get asked “What makes a great product owner?” My answer used to be that the PO needs to have both: knowledge (e.g. a good understanding of the vision / needs) and authority (i.e. being able to agree the team’s direction without it being overturned by someone else). The… Read More »What makes a great Product Owner?
How do you ensure that requirements are communicated from subject matter expert (e.g. Product Owner) to those implementing the work (e.g. the development team)? We tend to avoid detailed requirement specifications nowadays, but tediously long meetings are equally unattractive. Some say that “Three Amigos” is the solution. There are various… Read More »Three Amigos
Who can the play the roles of Product Owner and ScrumMaster? And do they need to be full-time? The ScrumMaster Can the ScrumMaster perform the role of Product Owner? No. There is a potential for a conflict of interest. One of the duties of the ScrumMaster is to protect… Read More »Duplicate Roles
What is the difference between a Product Owner and a Product Manager? A simple question, but not simple to answer; opinions are divided and approaches vary from company to company. Following a discussion at London Agile Discussion Group and further reading, here are my generalised summaries. The Product Owner The… Read More »Product Owner | Product Manager
What do you do if you have a Product Owner who is absent? I’m not talking about a PO who is too busy to spend time with the team or on holiday; I’m talking about when you have no PO because s/he has left the company/on long-term sick/etc. The obvious… Read More »How to deal with an absent Product Owner