Ruta Hardikar: Learning to take into account people’s personalities when implementing Scrum in an Agile team

Ruta started working with a new team that had recently adopted Agile. Many of the practices and processes were new to the team, but also to Ruta as the Scrum Master. As Ruta started to push for some changes, she noticed that the Product Owner and Business Analyst on the team wanted to control the Sprint Reviews very carefully, including who was invited to see the team’s deliverables. When Ruta started to ask about why they wanted to control the Sprint Reviews so carefully, she discovered something that helped her understand the why, but also the need to consider people’s personalities when implementing Scrum.

In this episode, we refer to the book The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday.

About Ruta Hardikar

Ruta has over 8 years experience with Agile, and has taken the roles of Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Release Train Engineer (RTE in SAFe), working with GM Financial.

You can link with Ruta Hardikar on LinkedIn.

Pedro Silva: Blaming the Scrum team, and other Product Owner anti-patterns

The Great Product Owner: Makes the team feel the PO is also part of the team

This Product Owner was very open to taking into account the needs and requests by the team, and spent time with the team, trying to understand those. The PO felt ownership over the outcome the team was able to deliver, and tried to help the team achieve what was needed. This was a PO that felt, and made the team feel they were part of the team!

The Bad Product Owner: Blaming the team, and other anti-patterns

This Product Owner was very distant from the team, and did not see themselves as part of the development process. It was a case of the PO missing the “owner” in the role name. Although they shared what needed to be done, they did not spend time with the team working through the requirements. Then, in the Sprint reviews, he would throw the team under the bus, and criticise them openly. This was just one of the many anti-patterns, listen in to learn about the other major anti-patterns this PO displayed.

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 Pedro Silva

Pedro considers himself a Scrum Master supporting software development teams while keeping his focus on their growth towards the efficient delivery of value, while having a blast.

You can link with Pedro Silva on LinkedIn.

Shaun Bradshaw: Two Scrum Product Owner anti-patterns to look out for!

The Great Product Owner: Enthusiastic Product Owners, and how they behave when working with Scrum teams

Great Product Owners are enthusiastic about what they do, they have a clear Vision, but are able to stay curious and listen to the team, stakeholders, and customers. In this segment, we look at some of the behaviors that Product Owners like this have when interacting with the team and the Scrum master.

The Bad Product Owner: Two Anti-Patterns to look out for!

In this segment, we explore two Product Owner anti-patterns that illustrate how the PO role is not only critical, but can be actively destructive for a Scrum team. The first story features a Product Owner that preferred to focus on the hardware side of the product, and through their command-and-control personality tried to bully the Scrum Master into submission!

The second story is about the Product Owner that was absent, a very frequent anti-pattern for the PO role.

In this segment, we refer to our Coach Your Product Owner e-course, which helps you tackle some of these anti-patterns proactively in your role 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 Shaun Bradshaw

Shaun is a founder and principal of Zenergy Technologies, a modern software delivery solutions firm that specializes in Agile, DevOps, Quality, and Automation. Shaun’s background in QA, testing, and metrics has played an important role in his work as an Agile consultant since he joined the community in 2008.

You can link with Shaun Bradshaw on LinkedIn and connect with Shaun Bradshaw on Twitter. You can also follow Shaun Bradshaw’s blog at the Zenergy Technologies site.

Robbie Ross: The many demands on the Scrum Product Owner role

The Great Product Owner: Curiosity, dedication and Vision, critical skills for great Scrum PO’s

Great Product Owners play a pivotal role in the success of Scrum teams, they define the Vision, and work to anticipate end user needs. But to achieve that, they – as Robbie puts it – “do all kinds of small things along the way”. In this episode, we discuss how this PO was able to put into practice some specific techniques that helped them define what needed to be done, while keeping a great relationship with the stakeholders, and keeping the trust by the team.

The Bad Product Owner: The many demands on the Scrum Product Owner role

The Product Owner is a very demanding role, Robbie describes how this aspect is often misunderstood by people in the role. The demands of the PO role go far beyond the context of the product itself, and include many demands on the human relations and collaboration skills for the Product Owner.

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 Robbie Ross

Robbie is an Agile Practice Manager at Jumar Technology with a passion for working with and empowering teams to foster an Agile environment at scale. He’s also a Certified Scrum Master, Kanban practitioner and Agile community member helping teams release their genuine potential to deliver value. Quite a career shift since completing a Sports Science degree at University.

You can link with Robbie Ross on LinkedIn and connect with Robbie Ross on Twitter.

Ricardo Ribeiro: Setting Scrum teams free! A Product Owner superpower

The Great Product Owner: Setting Scrum teams free! A Product Owner superpower

Great Product Owners are able to focus the team on concrete goals that the team feels committed to achieve. They are available to the team when necessary, and through the use of clear goals gives the team the decision power on how to achieve the goals!

The Bad Product Owner: Helping PO’s stop dictating the “how” to their Scrum teams

When Product Owners want to dictate how developers work, it can lead to conflict, and lack of motivation from the part of the team! But how to detect the more subtle ways in which PO’s try to dictate to developers the “how”? In this episode, we talk about several different aspects of this PO anti-pattern, and then discuss how Scrum Masters can evaluate how they can help the Product Owners.

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 Ricardo Ribeiro

Ricardo is a Scrum Master (PSM) and certified Professional Scrum Product Owner™ (PSPO) with over 10 years of experience leading high-performing teams and delivering complex Transformational Programmes within the Banking, IT, Computer Hardware and Oil & Gas companies.

You can link with Ricardo Ribeiro on LinkedIn.

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