Why is so hard to educate a waterfall project manager to take a role in a Scrum Team?

(Cabanas Beach, Portugal) A lot was written already in this blog about why we have more advantages adopting Agile methods. The truth is, once an organization decides for an Agile Transformation, adopting Agile methods and, particularly Scrum practice, to train and educate resources can be a terrifying challenge. Even with training, the roles will change. The background experience required for a Scrum Master or Product Owner role, for instance, is very different from what normally it comes with an experienced resource acting as project manager in waterfall methods since many years.
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If you are out of software industries and you are planning to hire and IT Product Owner, you must read this post!

The Product Owner role for a software product in an industry where the core business is not IT is a business enabler, a business transformation agent and an innovation partner. Someone who his success depends on the success of the business he supports. Sometimes it reminds me a marriage, an alliance.
In this post I would like to share my thoughts about the required skill set we should look for, when hiring one. Continue reading “If you are out of software industries and you are planning to hire and IT Product Owner, you must read this post!”

Retrospective meeting – Simple techniques helping you to moderate the dialogue with the Team

Retrospective meetings are recurring meetings that will normally take place after the sprint review meeting. These are very important moments to make a team think about what can be improved. But sometime there are moments when the team is faced with some difficulties in dealing with problems.
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