Who *should* be your Product Owner?

Who should be your (Scrum) Product Owner? I’ve had a number of these conversations recently with small, boutique software development agencies and even design companies with UX expertise. Typically, the conversation goes something like this: The business stakeholder or client is the owner of the product, so they should be the Product Owner We’ve got…

Demystifying Agile: Where did my role go?

Traditional projects have roles we’re all familiar with: project managers, business analysts, developers and testers. All of these roles align to specific phases of the project. Sticking with this paradigm brings certainty to the minds of those involved and gives the project a context where everyone knows what is expected of them. But Scrum doesn’t…

Waterfall vs. Agile – a knowledge problem, not a requirements problem

Even though the Project Management Institute (PMI) began accepting applications for their Certified Practitioner program over a year ago now, many experienced, veteran project managers still disregard agile methods and stress the importance of Waterfall approaches. Their rationale is simple: Premise: Many projects fail because they have poor planning, analysis and design The literature over…