Podcast Episode 15 – Introducing SCRUM to companies – Part 2

07 Feb, 2008

Eelco Rustenburgh, Eelco Gravendeel and Serge Beaumont share their experiences on how to introduce SCRUM to existing companies.
This second part discusses;
– Finding a product owner
– How to start a project, seen from a business perspective
– How the product owner WILL eventually spend his time
– Impediments at IT Departments
Hosted by Robert van Loghem and Serge Beaumont.
So head over to the podcast page or subscribe!

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14 years ago

In Andy Crowe’s book, “Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know That Everyone Else Does Not” 8 Key areas so called “Alpha” project managers excel in, are identified:
Attitude and belief, Communication, Alignment with the organization, Approach and organization – twice as much time planning as non-alphas, Priority management skills, Issue Management, Relationships and conflict and Leadership. (level 5?)
We already know or experienced that most of these key areas are important to excel as a project manager. One thing that kind of shocked me was that alpha PM spend twice as much time on planning as non-alphas, although both agree it’s important. Why do these top PM’s spend twice as much time on planning? Is it because they are good at handling upper management and sponsors to assert the need for planning, while lesser project managers just bend when their time is cut backor scope creep is at hand? Or is it more that non-alpha project managers just want to dive into “doing” too early?
In your opinion, what does this mean for an agile approach on management and scrum development methods? Does it make you the more confident to ‘apply’ scrum.
Further: I would like to draw your attention to a videocast that ‘shows’ that agile approaches needs to fit the organisation, the market and the product.
Agile and lean methodologies as implementations of ‘system’ management theory are, in this videocast, balanced with ideas from ‘contingency’ managementtheory.
Is it all in the balance or do we have to find the right …?
Would you like to share your thoughts on this referring to the content of your podcast nr. 14 /15, introducing scrum.
Or perhaps your can treat this (IMHO)important issues in nr. 16.

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