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Scott fulton - Agile life lessons

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When first starting out, it's easy to get wrapped up in the process and ceremonies of agile (in the case of this session, scrum) and lose sight of the principles that make it so effective.

I have learnt the hard way how agile and in particular the focus of the Manifesto can be truly transformative when applied to leadership, putting the customer first, stakeholder management and managing customer expectations.

In this interactive session, You will hear about the lessons I learned when I started out as a new product owner and my journey as a digital leader introducing agile into a traditionally waterfall based public sector organisation.

The session will focus on:

- the differences between team leadership and management - how product owners need to think differently to get the best from their team
- the pain of taking shortcuts - how product owners can damage team velocity and quality
- stakeholder expectation - the challenges product owners face when offering a never ending backlog and ever changing requirements
- customer engagement - stakeholders and customers are busy people; how customer representation by the product owner will only go so far
- communication and negotiation - how organisational culture, politics, silo working and disengagement all mean product owners need to be superhero negotiators, communicators, and influencers

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Scott fulton - Agile life lessons

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  5. 5. 9 Agile Life Lessons From a Product Owner @SFWEBDIGITAL
  6. 6. 1. It can teach you the difference between leadership and (micro)management @SFWEBDIGITAL
  7. 7. 2. It can change how you judge success @SFWEBDIGITAL
  8. 8. 3. If you feel overwhelmed you just don’t know what to prioritise next @SFWEBDIGITAL
  9. 9. 4. Your stakeholders will get confused @SFWEBDIGITAL
  10. 10. 5. “You can’t make a tailored suit if the customer never comes in for measurements” @SFWEBDIGITAL
  11. 11. 6. Technology is for people, not done to people @SFWEBDIGITAL
  12. 12. 7. Listen to the team – they are usually right @SFWEBDIGITAL
  13. 13. 8. Being a Product Owner is bloody hard @SFWEBDIGITAL
  14. 14. 9. Change is good great! @SFWEBDIGITAL
  15. 15. “It’s not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change” Charles Darwin @SFWEBDIGITAL
  16. 16. www.scottfulton.co.uk | @SFWEBDIGITAL

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