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Who is the Product Owner Anyway?

April 18, 2017
As Agile become mainstream increasingly organizations are looking to double down on the role of the Product Owner encouraging them to manage the intersection between technology and the business.

Sample Employee Satisfaction Exercises

April 11, 2017
Traditional software organizations have diametrically different values and operation from an Agile, Scrum based organization. You cannot simply paste a new approach on top of a traditional organization. Ken Schwaber wrote this presentation on this problem and how to measure its impact on staff. 

Servant Leadership Defined

April 7, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer Ian Mitchell discusses what a servant leader is and some ideas on how to be a good one.

Nexus Overview Datasheet

April 5, 2017
Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum and founder of, created the Nexus framework and corresponding Nexus Guide to help organizations scale Scrum.  This datasheet provides a brief overview of Nexus and some ideas on next steps.

The Customer, Not the Organization Defines What Makes a Product

April 4, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, we take a peek into the second part of a conversation with Professional Scrum Trainers, Ravi Verma, Chad Beier, Charles Bradley and Victor Oliveira  as they discuss what it means to be a product. In this video, they look at how you should not define a product based on the organizational structure, but instead on how the customer views it and its value.

Building a Bridge from Agile to DevOps, Partners with the DevOps Institute

April 4, 2017, which is dedicated to improving the profession of software delivery, and the DevOps Institute, which is dedicated to fostering a community around emerging practices in Continuous Delivery and DevOps, today announced an alliance that seeks to build a bridge from agile to DevOps. It will include scrum teams, agile practices and DevOps. I think this partnership could have huge implications for both the Agile/Scrum and DevOps communities.

How Do You Define a Product?

April 4, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, we take a peek into a conversation with Professional Scrum Trainers, Ravi Verma, Chad Beier, Charles Bradley and Victor Oliveira as they discuss what it means to be a product. How you define product and when you should combine different pieces into a single product.

Scrum Master Misunderstandings

March 29, 2017
Currently I'm preparing my presentation and workshop for Scrum Day London and Scrum Day Warsaw. The topic will be "The 8 Stances of a Scrum Master", based on the related white paper. During these sessions I'll share my view on the 8 preferred stances of a Scrum Master.

Ken Schwaber on Innovation and Efficiency

March 29, 2017
In this video as part of Scrum 2017 in The Netherlands, founder and co-creator of Scrum, Ken Schwaber is present for the first time via hologram to talk about how Agile delivery helps drive innovation and efficiency. Ken speaks to and takes questions from the audience.

Optimizing Product Backlog Refinement

March 28, 2017
I've recently been involved with several Scrum Teams that are struggling to have the right level of detail in their Product Backlog items. Some symptoms: difficulty during Sprint Planning sessions, a massive or very small Product Backlog, or a lack of understanding during a Sprint. All of the teams I spoke with had refinement activities in place.
Blog Post

Change Leadership Will Long Outlast Agile

March 22, 2017
Having ‘agile expertise’ is in high demand these days – it seems everywhere I turn there are companies and recruiters looking for agile experts. Agile knowledge is important, but the expertise of being an effective change agent is even more important.

How Much Are You Willing to Risk?

March 21, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer, Ravi Verma discusses what why making small bets over time is much less risky than one large bet. He addresses the economic costs of a Scrum Team and why breaking work into smaller Sprints can help reduce the risk of money and time spent in bringing a new product to market.

The Product Owner Podcast

March 20, 2017
Dave West, Product Owner & CEO for discusses his road towards becoming a Product Owner (which includes a well known three letter acronym), we go in to the three most important things a Product Owner should master.

Teams and the Way They Work

March 18, 2017
As soon as the job gets large enough, we need more than one person. People are great, however each person is unique, with a different skillset, knowledge base, history, value system and wants and needs.
Case Study

Terminales Scales Software Delivery with Nexus

March 17, 2017
The IT group within Terminales Portuarios Peruanos, a leading port and storage operations facility, depends on and develops software for its internal operations processes. It was working to align business objectives to development and improve time to market for delivering software, which traditionally was mapped in a predetermined release plan.

A Product Owner Self-Assessment

March 16, 2017
In this article I'll describe two topics that I've used as a tailor made Product Owner self-assessment. One is about Roman Pichler's Product Management framework. The other concerns the acronym DRIVEN which is described in Geoff Watts new book "Product Mastery - From Good to Great Product Ownership".

A Story About Courage

March 9, 2017
As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer, Pradeepa Narayanaswamy discusses her view on the Scrum Value of Courage and how she has seen those practicing Scrum use Courage for success.  

The 8 Stances of a Scrum Master: Part IV

March 3, 2017
Professional Scrum Master Barry Overeem writes part 4 of this 8 part series:  Oh Captain my Captain! Being a good Scrum Master is just as much about being a good teacher, as it is having a solid understanding of Agile methodology.

The Early Days of Scrum at Motorola

March 1, 2017
In an interview with the Boston Business Journal, Ken Schwaber, co-creator of Scrum and founder of discusses some experiences in the early days of Scrum as he was introducing it to Motorola. He looks at how they adapted and some struggles.