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  • Dipesh Pala
    Dipesh Pala
    schedule 3 years ago
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    45 mins

    Once upon a time, Martians and Venusians met, had happy relationships together and accepted their differences to work towards delivering a project. Then came Agile and amnesia set in! ScrumMasters and Product Owners forgot they were from different planets. All of a sudden, Product Owners, ScrumMasters and the team members found themselves sitting around a table discussing user stories and potential solutions.

    This unprecedented access and communication created a whole new set of challenges… Sometimes it feels like our team members are from different planets, as if one is from Mars and the other is from Venus. You may have heard of Mars and Venus in the bedroom but this presentation will be talking about Mars and Venus in the team room.

    Based on my many years of experience in coaching and working with people in these roles, this presentation will describe why and how ScrumMasters and Product Owners react differently to various situations in a team room. The key is in understanding how ScrumMasters and Product Owners think and operate.

    And if ScrumMasters and Product Owners are from different planets, does it make sense for the two roles to be performed by the same person? Or does every Agile team even need both of these roles? Attend this talk to find out!

    This talk will further explore how we can counteract the differences in the communication, the emotional and the business needs of the two roles, and tips and techniques to promote a greater understanding between these two of the most important roles in any Agile team.

  • Niraj Bhandari
    Niraj Bhandari
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report

    This talk is my self-reflection as a Product Owner (PO) over the last year and a half. Coming from a technical background where techies “don’t talk much” and “work with their headphones on”, I too was more of a good listener into discussions and spoke only on select occasions. We are always taught to listen first and ask only if you are not clear. Especially in Indian context, asking questions are not encouraged much, and even in colleges profs are happy if you don’t engage them in discussions. And on top of it, if you belong to the tribe of introverts like me then you have had it. A combination of these factors ensured that, I too spoke little and only when needed and banked heavily on my work to do the talking.

    If it seems like a familiar script, either of yourself or of somebody you know then I recommend that you attend the session.

    This talk is centered on my learning and the move from a silent PO to an assertive PO, the challenges and the opportunities. The role of a PO is very delicate one and the person needs to have a very balanced approach. He/She can’t be a silent observer, and at the same time he/she can’t be an aggressive participant. “Silence is Golden” doesn’t applies to POs and the tribe needs to maintain the balanced communication channels while engaging all the stakeholders for the success of the project and that is what we will be focusing on in this session.