Content development organizations making the transition from waterfall processes to Agile Scrum are rarely allowed to recruit dedicated scrum masters, product owners, or Agile coaches. Individual writers may join existing scrum teams with dedicated scrum masters and product owners, but the content development groups themselves need to constitute Agile scrum teams and the roles associated with those teams from within. Staffing the all-important role of Agile product owner is the most challenging.
Based on my years of experience as a pubs manager, information architect, and Agile product owner, I plan to address the following questions:
- According to industry organizations promoting Agile Scrum, which skills are germane to the role of product owner?
- How do the skills typically associated with the roles of manger and information architect overlap with those of the product owner?
- If one person is functioning in multiple roles, what can they do to preserve the integrity of each role?
- How can people managers leverage the collective wisdom of other Agile leaders to mentor team members?
To illustrate these points, I will show attendees out-takes (screen shots) from our department scrum team backlogs and characterize how people in the roles of manager, architect, and product owner make distinct and positive contributions.