Jan Neudecker: The anti-collaborator Product Owner

The Great Product Owner: The decision maker that saw themselves as an ally to the team

Great product owners don’t necessarily start with a long experience in the PO role. The example Jan shares with us is a person that had a senior position in the company, but did not have experience as a Product Owner. Yet, this PO had a sense for the team’s space and allowed the team to make decisions on their own. When his decision was necessary, he was ready to make that decision “on the spot”, to help the team move forward, and he never blamed the team for something he would have decided. This PO was a real ally to the team. 

The Bad Product Owner: The anti-collaborator PO

When PO’s don’t collaborate, or don’t want to collaborate with the team, and see themselves as an outside entity, they end up destroying the team’s ability to perform. In this segment, we also discuss how the communication style of this PO led the team to feel powerless, leading to a worse product in the end. 

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About Jan Neudecker

Jan is an Agile Coach and Trainer. His vision is to make workplaces more humane, enjoyable and purposeful. An unpleasant diagnosis three years ago had a big impact on how he looks at these topics today. It became his mission to get these topics more into the spotlight of teams and organizations so they are less of a taboo subject in future.

You can link with Jan Neudecker on LinkedIn and connect with Jan Neudecker on Twitter.

If you want to know more about Jan’s fight with cancer, you can follow his blog

Jan also organizes a Scrum User Group in Germany.

Jan Neudecker: Business and team focus, the aspects that define Scrum Master success

Jan shares with us two dimensions of the Scrum Master work that define success for him: the business perspective, and the team members perspective. We discuss some of the questions that Scrum Masters can ask themselves in order to help them assess their work thus far, as well as define possible areas for improvement to focus on. 

Featured Retrospective Format for the Week: The Movie Critic Format

The Movie Critic Agile Retrospective format is the one that Jan shares with us. He focuses on how this format lightens the mood and helps the team share their thoughts without the burden of “being serious”. Jan describes this format as one of several “fun methods” that can help understand how everyone perceived, and experienced the previous iteration. 

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About Jan Neudecker

Jan is an Agile Coach and Trainer. His vision is to make workplaces more humane, enjoyable and purposeful. An unpleasant diagnosis three years ago had a big impact on how he looks at these topics today. It became his mission to get these topics more into the spotlight of teams and organizations so they are less of a taboo subject in future.

You can link with Jan Neudecker on LinkedIn and connect with Jan Neudecker on Twitter.

If you want to know more about Jan’s fight with cancer, you can follow his blog

Jan also organizes a Scrum User Group in Germany.

Jan Neudecker: The missing alignment that was killing the Agile team

Jan started working with a new team. He noticed there were a lot of escalations and conflict on that team. 

On the surface everything seemed well enough, but as he started to investigate, he noticed a lot of conflict. While talking to the managers of the people involved, he noticed there was no clear purpose/direction set for that team. As he reflected on the situation, he noticed that a lot of the escalations came from that lack of alignment/purpose. Listen in to learn about how Jan went about trying to solve the conflicts as well as the lack of alignment between team members. 

In this segment, we talk about the book Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Team by Larsen and Nies, and how Team Agreements can help teams align on purpose

About Jan Neudecker

Jan is an Agile Coach and Trainer. His vision is to make workplaces more humane, enjoyable and purposeful. An unpleasant diagnosis three years ago had a big impact on how he looks at these topics today. It became his mission to get these topics more into the spotlight of teams and organizations so they are less of a taboo subject in future.

You can link with Jan Neudecker on LinkedIn and connect with Jan Neudecker on Twitter.

If you want to know more about Jan’s fight with cancer, you can follow his blog

Jan also organizes a Scrum User Group in Germany.

Jan Neudecker: Sustainable pace can save lives, and save teams!

Does your team have a sustainable pace? Sometimes teams let quality slip and suffer from that, but some other times, missing a sustainable pace can lead to much more serious consequences. Jan shares his own story, of how not focusing on what he needed to keep a sustainable pace, almost led to missing a critical health diagnosis that thankfully saved his life. In this segment, we talk about both the individual sustainable pace, as well as the team’s sustainable pace. 

Featured Book of the Week: The People’s Scrum by Tobias Meyer

In The People’s Scrum: Agile Ideas for Revolutionary Transformation by Tobias Meyer, Jan found a book that had different views on what Scrum is about. He recommends this book as a great and inspiring text for experienced Scrum Masters.  

How can Angela (the Agile Coach) quickly build healthy relationships with the teams she’s supposed to help? What were the steps she followed to help the Breeze App team fight off the competition? Find out how Angela helped Naomi and the team go from “behind” to being ahead of Intuition Bank, by focusing on the people! Download the first 4 chapters of the BOOK for FREE while it is in Beta!

About Jan Neudecker

Jan is an Agile Coach and Trainer. His vision is to make workplaces more humane, enjoyable and purposeful. An unpleasant diagnosis three years ago had a big impact on how he looks at these topics today. It became his mission to get these topics more into the spotlight of teams and organizations so they are less of a taboo subject in future.

You can link with Jan Neudecker on LinkedIn and connect with Jan Neudecker on Twitter.

If you want to know more about Jan’s fight with cancer, you can follow his blog

Jan also organizes a Scrum User Group in Germany.

Jan Neudecker: The right level of pushing and stepping back for Scrum Masters

Jan was hired as a Scrum Master to a new organization. He realized later that as he joined, his emphasis on process, and following the process was actually hindering his work as a Scrum Master. How much pressure should we put on the team to follow the process? What is the right level of listening vs. advising or teaching? We discuss these ideas with Jan to find the right level of pushing, and stepping back for Scrum Masters.

About Jan Neudecker

Jan is an Agile Coach and Trainer. His vision is to make workplaces more humane, enjoyable and purposeful. An unpleasant diagnosis three years ago had a big impact on how he looks at these topics today. It became his mission to get these topics more into the spotlight of teams and organizations so they are less of a taboo subject in future.

You can link with Jan Neudecker on LinkedIn and connect with Jan Neudecker on Twitter.

If you want to know more about Jan’s fight with cancer, you can follow his blog

Jan also organizes a Scrum User Group in Germany.

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