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How to motivate a team when you have nothing to offer but equity?

If you aren't paying people, you really shouldn't expect them to stay around. If you want to give someone equity in exchange for payment; it should be a large amount of equity, and it should be ...
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In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner?

It's impossible to answer your question because "Scrum Master" and "Product Owner" are roles, not job titles. Their job positions may be different and depend on the company. For example, a Product ...
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Is the Product Owner allowed to be at the Daily Scrum event?

Product Owners Are Silent Observers in Daily Stand-Ups In the quoted description, the word participate has the connotation of "taking an active part." The Product Owner should attend, but should not ...
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Who does a product owner typically report to?

The Product Owner is the person who is directly accountable to business stakeholders for the product and ideally is herself a senior business stakeholder or a nominated representative of a department ...
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Help - Technical team does not want to work in agile way

You don't make any mention of a Scrum Master in your Question, so I'm going to assume that either s/he doesn't exist or isn't helpful. If not, make sure you involve the Scrum Master! It's his/her job ...
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What does a Product Owner do if they disagree with the CEO's direction on product strategy?

The PO is the owner of the product, but that doesn't mean they can do watever they want with the product. At the end of the day, they represent the needs and the wants of all stakeholders. Inevitably, ...
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How can we register the technical debt in Scrum?

Scrum Exposes Technical Debt Through Forecasts & Estimates As a general rule, technical debt increases the cost of future work on the product. So, even if you don't explicitly keep track of the ...
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Should a Product Owner start testing while an item is in code review

The answer depends on whether this slows down or speeds up the process. How many of the bugs she found were discovered during the Code Review phase? If they were all discovered during the Code ...
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Should the Product Owner dictate what info the UI needs to display?

My question is, to what extent should the PO describe the requirements of a UI? To the extent that the designers know what to design and the programmers know what to program. In your example, "as a ...
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Should I leave building the database for the end?

It is worrying that you have no why part to your user stories. This is an important element of the user story format as it allows us to evaluate the stories and to prioritise them. It appears that you ...
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Should the Product Owner be from our organization or the company we are contracting with?

And I'm going to take the middle ground between Bogdan and Thomas... Whichever side has the more competent PO. Bogdan already listed the responsibilities of a PO. To (over)simplify it in a single ...
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Help - Technical team does not want to work in agile way

That is a frustrating situation Chris. From your question, it doesn't sound like the team can't develop things in smaller pieces, but rather that they won't. I base this on the fact that it sounds ...
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Should the Product Owner be from our organization or the company we are contracting with?

There is no canonical answer to this question, although as a rule of thumb, it would be better for the PO to be from the client side, not the contractor side. The Scrum Guide says this about the PO ...
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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

Business Analyst works with the Product Owner and provides him with valuable insights on the value and importance of the user stories, but the PO is still the person who sets the priority of the ...
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Conflict between priorities and skillsets in the backlog

The Scrum Guide does not talk about prioritizing the Product Backlog. Instead, it talks about ordering the Product Backlog. Priority is only one factor that can be used to determine the ordering of ...
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What to do when PO is taking over Daily Scrums

Neither PO nor Scrum Master is responsible, but the team is supposed to conduct daily standups. As a Scrum Master its your job to facilitate the team and make sure that process is being followed. ...
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Is the Product Owner allowed to be at the Daily Scrum event?

Yes, you absolutely want your PO at the Daily Scrum. First off remember that the Scrum Guide is something like 17 pages and only covers the broadest brush strokes. The product owner is part of the ...
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Product Owner is requesting a "confidence check" for reaching the MVP - How to in a Scrum project?

While such a confidence check is nothing that you'd read about in Scrum Guide I don't see it as something that violates Scrum in any way. It is, in fact, answering a different question: the one about ...
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Is Scrum actually suitable for all kinds of projects?

To your overall question, while Scrum can be applied in most projects, it is not necessarily the best approach for some projects. That said, it is well suited to complex problems that require ...
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Do you include testing in the original estimate?

The estimate for an item should cover how long it'll take to be done. Assuming what you define as done covers testing as well as development, then it should be in the original estimate. The best way ...
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In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner?

Scrum says nothing about hierachy. Thr Scrum Master position is not a higher position than the PO or the DevTeam position. The idea is to not think in hierachy levels! Think about a team of peoply ...
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ex-Development manager as a Product Owner

I think the timing is important. During the daily scrum, he needs to focus on the "what". During the rest of the day, if he feels his experience (to juniors) is valuable, then there's no ...
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Showing the benefit of Product Goals and Sprint Goals?

This is a multi-faceted question, so I'll try to provide something helpful step-by-step. First, the Scrum Guide is just a guide, but it is the definitive guide on Scrum. Furthermore, it has been built ...
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Can a Product Owner be a developer in Scrum?

The Scrum Guide is explicit that this is allowed: The Product Owner and Scrum Master roles are not included in this count unless they are also executing the work of the Sprint Backlog.
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What to do when PO is taking over Daily Scrums

According to the Scrum Guide, the Daily Scrum is a meeting for the Development Team. It also says that it is the duty of the Scrum Master to teach the team about effective ways to hold a Daily Scrum, ...
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Should a Product Owner be present for all retrospectives?

Ideally the Product Owner will be present and will find the retrospective both interesting and rewarding. However, if the Product Owner does not see their value in technical conversations then there ...
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How to decide what features should be in MVP?

I use MoSCoW prioritisation with clients (Must, Should, Could, Won't) and build developments around that. If the client would cancel the release if 'X' feature wasn't delivered, or if there is no ...
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How to deal with a Product Owner who refuses to write user stories?

TL;DR You're not wrong for writing the stories; it may be wrong in continuing to do so without change Scrum doesn't say PO has got to write product backlog items or that they be user stories ...
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How to motivate a team when you have nothing to offer but equity?

Lots of good answers already, but one thing I think may be missing is customer feedback. Developers will initially be enthusiastic at solving technical problems, but to sustain their enthusiasm they ...
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From user stories to product, where and when to do graphic design?

The process you describe is pretty good and fits pretty well into Agile-scrum visual design practices. Here's the visual design process that has worked well for me across several Agile-Scrum projects:...
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