Remote work makes Scrum obsolete
The return of agile fundamentals
What happens after Corona and Work from Home? Many people ask what has changed for software development? We currently see huge changes towards remote work, but this is just the beginning of a tidal wave of change for software development that wash away Scrum and will be as huge as the advent of the internet.
With the rise of the internet came the rise of agile. And with the rise of agile came Scrum. Today there is no company that at least does a little of Scrum (e.g. combined with Kanban/Lean). With the rise of Scrum came the product owner.
For many CTOs and developers the product owner is the biggest problem. Because he doesn’t do his job. Scrum.org says
“For Product Owners to succeed, the entire organization must respect their decisions. […] The Product Owner is one person, not a committee. The Product Owner may represent the needs of many stakeholders in the Product Backlog. Those wanting to change the Product Backlog can do so by trying to convince the Product Owner.”
So the role of the product owner ist to decide what goes in the product and what doesn’t go in.
- does not mean priotitization, means saying no.
Isn’t that the same as a product manager? No. A product manager designs the features by working with a designer, gathers requirements and manages stakeholders and the together with developers and other engineering roles the development process.
- often these roles are confused
- most often product owners don’t own the product and are a product manager instead
- most product owners are product managers, but most product managers I have seen are not product owners
- ratio of one product manager per team/ or product owner/ or one product owner and several product managers. not 1 PM for several development teams.
- As a CTO you need more product managers for your developer, so not every product idea gets into a feature, but most are thrown out and only the best get developed