The Great Product Owner: The PO that stepped back so much, the team had no choice but to take ownership! This PO was “annoyingly laissez-faire”, which at first irked Erik, but ultimately proved to be an asset for Erik and the team. The PO empowered the team in practice, by stepping back, and letting the … Continue reading Erik de Bos: The Product Owner that stepped back so much, the team had no choice but to take ownership!
“We adopt Agile because the world is complex” is Erik’s statement, as he starts to define success for Scrum Masters. He describes for us the challenges of “assessing” or measuring success and suggests that we start with defining our own goals, and make small experiments that we evaluate for impact. In the end, measurement is … Continue reading Erik de Bos: The difficulty of defining a metric for Scrum Master success
Sometimes, when we work with a team, we discover that the changes needed to help the team are needed outside the team. In this episode, we talk about such a situation where Erik was asked to explain Agile to a management team. He took the approach that he would use only what was needed or … Continue reading Erik de Bos: Introducing Agile to a management team without causing overwhelm or eye-rolling
Erik was working with a team that had been started under deadline pressure to build a critical application. But that was not all! That team had gone through all kinds of transformations and failed agile adoption processes. They were overworked, and had little trust among themselves and in management. Erik himself, was thought to be … Continue reading Erik de Bos: When Self-organization does not work, the missing conditions for a critical transformation in a Scrum team
Sometimes there are team members that have an outsized impact on the progress of the team. In this episode, we talk about a team member that was holding the team back. Erik tried several approaches to help this team member, but those did not work. After a while, this team member was moved to a … Continue reading Erik de Bos: The magical ingredient that transformed a team member, from bad apple, to team player!