As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach I have been assigned to a team of engineers with little or mixed experience with agile delivery which I aim to address through workshops and training etc.
The engineers are highly experienced career programmers and very expensive which makes sense this is a critical project but have mixed agile experience. Their core skill, engineering, is sound.
However the Product Owner has zero experience and has been working for only 2 years and has zero agile experience.
Is it reasonable for me to be expected to ‘make the PO agile’ or are we starting on the wrong foot?
My view is that we need experienced product management. Good PO’s become good through experience and it just seems logical that we need an experienced PO. We have experienced engineers why wouldn’t we have an experienced PO.