Viktor Didenchuk: Effective, Protective, Result-Oriented, The Traits of a Successful Scrum Product Owner

The Great Product Owner: Effective, Protective, Result-Oriented, The Traits of a Successful PO

When describing a great Product Owner and how they work, Viktor focuses first on effective communication; a great PO must clearly articulate what’s working and what isn’t to the team and stakeholders while fostering a reflective environment. Secondly, protection is essential; they must safeguard the team and product vision amidst constantly evolving technology, resisting the urge to chase every new trend. Finally, being result-oriented is vital; a great PO has a clear understanding of the desired outcomes and end state of the product. Viktor encapsulates this with the mantra, “It’s always the leader who is wrong, and it’s always the team who wins.”

The Bad Product Owner: The Blind PO, Focusing On Short-Term Requests Instead Of The Overall Product Vision

Viktor discusses a common anti-pattern in product ownership: the ‘blind PO’ who lacks a clear vision. This type of PO is overly preoccupied with politics and managing stakeholder requests, neglecting the broader product vision. They often focus solely on satisfying immediate customer demands, which can work for some but not all scenarios. This approach can lead to team demotivation. Viktor emphasizes the need for POs to reflect, ask probing questions, and truly ‘own’ the product, considering long-term goals and the product’s overall direction, rather than just short-term customer requests.

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About Viktor Didenchuk

Viktor began his career as a Software Engineer in the mid 2010’s, before discovering a passion for coaching and facilitating value delivery. He currently serves as a Scrum Master at Lloyds Banking Group, the UK’s largest retail bank, where he contributes to the Agile transformation of a 60,000+ employee organization, navigating and sharing the challenges encountered.

You can link with Viktor Didenchuk on LinkedIn.

Viktor Didenchuk: Reflect, Review, Succeed, How To Develop Your Own Success Routine As A Scrum Master

Viktor discusses the definition of success for Scrum Masters, emphasizing the goal of making oneself redundant. For Viktor, success involves the team being self-sufficient in facilitating conversations and functioning effectively without constant guidance. He advocates for regular self-evaluation through 360 feedback and daily journaling to aid in self-development. Assessing team success and reviewing metrics in the scrum of scrums are crucial. Viktor encourages Scrum Masters to develop a personalized success routine, ensuring continuous improvement and effective team leadership.

Featured Retrospective For The Week: The Battle Between Two Movies, Finding Relatable Metaphors For Retrospectives

In this segment, Viktor discusses his preferred retrospective format, emphasizing the importance of relatability and personal connection. He suggests tailoring retrospectives to team interests, like using metaphors. He shares one example where he used two popular movies to represent two competing technical approaches that the team needed to decide on. In retrospectives, he focuses on facilitating discussion, not directing it. Viktor highlights the value of observing and mentioning interesting patterns, and stresses the importance of curiosity about team dynamics and self-reflection.

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About Viktor Didenchuk

Viktor began his career as a Software Engineer in the mid 2010’s, before discovering a passion for coaching and facilitating value delivery. He currently serves as a Scrum Master at Lloyds Banking Group, the UK’s largest retail bank, where he contributes to the Agile transformation of a 60,000+ employee organization, navigating and sharing the challenges encountered.

You can link with Viktor Didenchuk on LinkedIn.

Viktor Didenchuk: Behind the Scenes, Helping A Company Pivot From Enterprise To SaaS, And How To Help Agile Teams Change

In this episode, Viktor discusses the transition of his company’s focus from an enterprise-centric product to a SaaS offering. The main challenge was establishing an incident management process for the new product. The team sought inspiration from industry giants like Google and Netflix, creating a rulebook and testing the process in real-time. They used OKRs for regular review, gradually involving more staff. Stress factors for users were identified and addressed, including establishing a dedicated Slack channel. A critical hurdle was motivating people to participate, recognizing that incentives vary across individuals. The solution included designing benefits for those managing incidents, acknowledging that the role isn’t suited for everyone.

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About Viktor Didenchuk

Viktor began his career as a Software Engineer in the mid 2010’s, before discovering a passion for coaching and facilitating value delivery. He currently serves as a Scrum Master at Lloyds Banking Group, the UK’s largest retail bank, where he contributes to the Agile transformation of a 60,000+ employee organization, navigating and sharing the challenges encountered.

You can link with Viktor Didenchuk on LinkedIn.

Viktor Didenchuk: Leadership Lessons, Managing Agile Team Anxiety Sparked by Rumors

In this segment, Viktor shares his experience with a team affected by a rumor about organizational changes. The rumor, lacking official communication, grew and significantly impacted the team’s dynamics. Team members felt different and became fearful for their jobs, leading to a decline in Agile values. Over months, the situation worsened, with anxiety amplifying the issue. Viktor emphasizes the importance of addressing rumors promptly, encouraging escalation to leadership for proper handling and making clear the consequences of neglecting such rumors.

Featured Book Of the Week: The Swordless Samurai, by Kitami Masao

Viktor discusses the impact of “The Swordless Samurai,” a book detailing the leadership of a historic Japanese ruler. This true story emphasizes timeless leadership principles, highlighting the ruler’s role in fostering effectiveness in others. Viktor connects this with his own leadership beliefs, asserting that failures are his responsibility, not his team’s. In this segment, we also discuss two other influential books, “Extreme Ownership” and “Radical Candor.”

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About Viktor Didenchuk

Viktor began his career as a Software Engineer in the mid 2010’s, before discovering a passion for coaching and facilitating value delivery. He currently serves as a Scrum Master at Lloyds Banking Group, the UK’s largest retail bank, where he contributes to the Agile transformation of a 60,000+ employee organization, navigating and sharing the challenges encountered.

You can link with Viktor Didenchuk on LinkedIn.

Viktor Didenchuk: Breaking the Ice, How To Turn a Tough Agile Retrospective Around

In this episode, Viktor, shares a challenging experience in conducting retrospectives. He faced difficulty in initiating conversations among engineers, who prefer concrete specifics over discussing feelings. Despite his facilitation skills, Viktor struggled to engage the team. Eventually, by openly admitting his uncertainty and holding space for silence, he encouraged team participation. Viktor shares tips like holding weekly retrospectives, setting up a retro board at the sprint’s start, and using current events as facilitation tools, emphasizing that metaphors can significantly aid dialogue.

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About Viktor Didenchuk

Viktor began his career as a Software Engineer in the mid 2010’s, before discovering a passion for coaching and facilitating value delivery. He currently serves as a Scrum Master at Lloyds Banking Group, the UK’s largest retail bank, where he contributes to the Agile transformation of a 60,000+ employee organization, navigating and sharing the challenges encountered.

You can link with Viktor Didenchuk on LinkedIn.

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