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I work in a small team (~5 people) and I am trying to encourage the team to adopt a more robust project management process. To date, our process has been rather 'ad hoc' and we have had failed attempts at Scrum.

One of the biggest problems I face (whether in Scrum or not) is that roles are not clearly defined, and I cannot get the support from the team to do this. Whereas I want a single person (the product owner) to be responsible for setting priorities (taking input from the rest of the team), the product owner is keen to make the entire team responsible for priorities.

I have tried to make the argument that this 'dilution of responsibility' undermines his role and has a negative effect on the project. As it is, no team member has a clear idea of the priorities over the next week, and team members are often taken off tasks randomly as 'priorities change'.

How can I best tackle dilution of responsibility?

  • Are you the leader of the team? – Homerothompson May 19 '18 at 19:59
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Perhaps you could suggest an experiment?

Run for 4 weeks with only the Product Owner making priority decisions and see if that makes things better or worse. If things don't get better then you can revert to the existing approach.

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One of the biggest problems I face

Try changing your attitude. You want to face bigger problems after all.

I am trying to encourage the team

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I have tried to make the argument

You don't make an argument if you encourage someone.

rather 'ad hoc'

How well do you know process maturity topics, e.g. CMM? This would be total overload to your project.

Which stage is the project? Ask yourself: do I interrupt the team by not getting out the way?

How can I best tackle dilution of responsibility?

Change management you understand? Also work on your listening skills.

  • This kinda came off snarky and I don't think you actually answered the question. If I misunderstood the intent, please let me know. – Daniel May 20 '18 at 22:48

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