Seniority is often seen as a leading indicator of competence and effectiveness. However, that’s not always the case. In this episode, we share some surprising insights about how seniority is not always a great indicator of who can play the PO role.
The Great Product Owner: The Junior PO that helped the team understand what was needed
Seniority is not always an indicator of who might be a great PO. In this segment, we talk about a junior PO that was great in the PO role. The PO was able to ask questions, wanted to understand, but not control and focused on making decisions when everyone, and everything was ready. Through this approach, the PO was able to ensure everybody understood what was being asked from the team.
The Bad Product Owner: The PO that wanted to control everything
In this segment, we describe a Product Owner that knows the whole business. This PO has been a project manager, an architect and even tries to design the product! This PO wants to control everything, every step of the process, and therefore prevents the team from succeeding on its own.
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In this episode, we talk about Solution Focused Coaching, an approach that Stephane started to apply with good results. We also discuss how we can assess progress in the teams we work with.
Featured Retrospective Format of the Week: The Solution Focused Retrospective
In this segment, we discuss two contrasting stances for our retrospectives. We discuss the contrasting Problem Solving and Solution Focused retrospectives. Stephane describes how to facilitate a Solution Focused retrospective.
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This company wanted to move from “project management” to “product management”, a shift that would require some significant changes. The company had put in place some agile roles, and “magically” converted Project Managers to Product Owners. This was when Stephane arrived to help. In this episode, we explore the common mistakes companies make when adopting Agile, and discuss what we can do to ensure the transition delivers on the promises!
This team worked on a product inside a big company. They delivered, and even held their retrospectives. However, they didn’t take action on the insights they collected from their retrospectives. This gave Stephane a memorable lesson: it’s not enough to “do all the ceremonies” to be Agile. And led Stephane to explore and learn how he could help teams benefit from retrospectives, to establish continuous improvement.
Featured Book for the Week: Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo
Stephane found the book Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo “simple and brilliant”. It gave him a sense of what systems are, and Systems Thinking. As he describes it, the book was a “game changer”.
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When Stephane started his career, not all things went according to plan. In this episode, Stephane shares a story of a moment where he froze in the face of verbal aggression. However, that would be the beginning of a new journey, that of a coach that is able to handle high-pressure situations, and even situations where someone might lose their cool. An insightful story that many coaches need to be ready for.