The Great Product Owner: The Software Designer PO Anti-pattern
In this episode, Tom highlights anti-patterns like a lack of trust in the team’s judgment and over-explanation of implementation details. Tom offers a valuable tip of using stories to illustrate the distinction between “how” and “why” for effective communication. He underscores the importance of clearly defining Acceptance Criteria (ACs) while avoiding dictating the solution’s appearance. Tom also emphasizes the need for coaching efforts directed towards the team’s understanding and collaboration, demonstrating the reciprocal nature of the Product Owner role.
The Bad Product Owner: The Art of Adaptation, The Necessary Adaptation of PO to a New Team
Tom delves into the nuances of an effective Product Owner (PO). Tom shares a cautionary tale of a PO’s performance shift after changing teams, emphasizing the importance of aligning behavior with team needs. He advises against expecting uniformity and highlights the role of self-awareness in fostering an environment of growth and effectiveness. He emphasizes the need to adapt PO behaviors between different teams, underscoring the need for refined communication. Prioritization, a crucial aspect, is explored in depth.
The Ultimate Guide to Supporting Product Owners as a Scrum Master
Are you having trouble helping the team work well with their Product Owner? We’ve put together a course to help you work on the collaboration team-product owner. You can find it at bit.ly/coachyourpo. 18 modules, 8+ hours of modules with tools and techniques that you can use to help teams and PO’s collaborate.
About Tom Siebeneicher
Tom is an engaging speaker, who has delivered presentations at conferences like the Atos DREAM Conference, the Agile Leadership Day, and TED XKE by Xebia. Their enthusiasm for discussing Agile is evident in those talks.
In this episode, Khwezi discusses a challenging team scenario where great individuals struggled due to high-pressure dynamics and dysfunctional patterns. The Product Owner lacked decision-making authority, leading to delayed information and a proxy PO situation. This pressure caused scope creep and hindered technical debt management. Khwezi highlighted the importance of empowering the team to push back against excessive demands, coaching the PO to engage stakeholders effectively, and ensuring the right person fills the PO role. Addressing these issues was crucial for improving the product and fostering a healthier team dynamic.
Featured Book of the Week: Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins
In this segment, Khwezi shares her recommended book, “Coaching Agile Teams” by Lyssa Adkins, which played a pivotal role in her self-improvement journey as a scrum master. This book provided valuable insights into guiding teams toward high performance. Khwezi emphasized using the Agile coaching competency framework and suggested self-assessment based on it. This framework led her to discover additional paths for growth. The book also highlighted the importance of exploring diverse topics to enhance skills. She mentioned the “Periodic Table of Scrum Master’s Competencies” as a useful resource for understanding various skills enhancement facets.
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About Khwezi Mputa
Khwezi is an experienced Agile coach, trainer, and IT professional since 2008. With diverse roles like Scrum Master, Agile Project Manager, and Business Analyst, she’s active in the Agile community, promoting diversity. Passionate about teaching, she empowers individuals and organizations to reach their full potential through coaching and mentoring.