Thursday, June 16, 2016

Scrum Masters: Are you impacted by the First Impediment?

I just had a conversation with a graduate of my last Certified Scrum Product Owner class.

  • How is it going with Scrum?
  • Well, good, I suppose.
  • That sounds a bit hesitant...
  • Well, I'm called a Product Owner, but my job description is completely different, so I can't really make things happen the way I should
It turns out that her job description was missing some key aspects of Product Ownership, like the ability to make decisions.

I suspect this issue is widespread. People say were are going to do Scrum, because it will enable us to do many wonderful things. Then they fail before they start, by not even getting the basics right. Does this sound like your organization? 

Scrum Masters, Product Owners, is this your First Impediment? Do you have the full competency that your role should have? Step one, let's make the problem visible! What are you expected to do in Scrum that you are not allowed to do in real in your company?


Andrew said...

Yes, my PdO is the one defined in the article... In fact we have Product Team (4 PdOs) and they say the have autonomy and can decide what features will be developed in the product but many times they are just receiving decisions from the managers that they cannot change, and forwarding them to the development teams... :(

Peter said...

I feel your pain.