Author: Preetam De

Product Owners are torn between being the “Leader-first” and the “Servant-first”

Authored by Preetam De, a blogagility.com contributing author.

When we talk about Servant Leadership the first role that comes to our mind is the Scrum Master. It is the first role ever, of its kind, which was created specifically for the sole purpose to “Serve”. Only if Robert K. Greenleaf was alive until 1998, he would be the happiest person to know that his whole life’s contribution has an effect on a dedicated leadership role; it changed everything especially the way we see management and leadership nowadays. Then we started seeing the rise of “Agile Coaches” which was created, I guess, to differentiate that servant leadership exists outside Scrum as well in an equally dedicated role.

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Stretched Target on a Sprint? Please Stop!

Authored by Preetam De, a blogagility.com contributing author.

In the last few days several people have asked me a question about stretched targets on Scrum sprints – not sure if it was a co-incidence or an ongoing vibe. So I will take a moment to explain it.

This article will not revisit the negative consequences in detail of having a stretch target. I will assume the obvious with a quick recap, so I can focus on the solution in detail rather than discussing the problem.

Quick Recap – Why do we think we need it?

  1. When we feel the need to manage a person rather than the work they do.
  2. When we focus on Efficiency over Effectiveness.
  3. When we focus more on tools and practices more than the principles behind them.
  4. To impress stakeholders they need everything “right now”
  5. To impress authority by over-estimating our capabilities
  6. When we assume – “What happened last sprint won’t happen again”
  7. When we don’t trust a team member and say “We need to keep them busy”

How can we avoid Stretch Targets?

A) By focusing on the flow of work that matches the business need Continue reading “Stretched Target on a Sprint? Please Stop!”