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Senior developers 'reject' agile. What now?

As a Product Owner or product manager, you shouldn't be too concerned with the details of how the development teams are working on a day-to-day basis. If you believe that certain aspects of the way of ...
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Senior developers 'reject' agile. What now?

Just don't call it agile. Often the resistance to agile ways of working is associated with the terminology. It is not uncommon for teams to 'hate agile' when in the past they worked in a flawed agile ...
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Not coding as an IT Project Manager. Developers backbiting

My day to day job consists of sprint planning, user stories, coaching, being involved in software architecture, reports, sprint retrospectives, user acceptance testing, managing resources/ stakeholder ...
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Senior developers 'reject' agile. What now?

It is hard to say anything without more details. You just mention there is a potential problem with the level of specialisation, but you don't make clear whether that is a real problem or whether it ...
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How to deal with client's staff that says "this will be easy"

The first counter to 'this requirement will be easy to deliver' should always be ask politely to list down the risks involved. Such unfounded claims are done by people who want to boast or want to ...
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Not coding as an IT Project Manager. Developers backbiting

I am a developer and after reading the discussions going on here I would like to answer from my perspective. One thing I have really appreciated about non-technical project managers is the fact they ...
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How to repay technical debt still delivering features?

Nothing in Project Management is Free It is usually very difficult to explain to management that it will take time to repay technical debt and that the team will be even slower refactoring rather ...
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Senior developers 'reject' agile. What now?

You have said a few things which are legitimate concerns for the development team. Agile teams are supposed to be self-managing but your team apparently is not because developers are having work ...
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Senior developers 'reject' agile. What now?

As a Product Owner maybe a goal oriented approach could lead to change in behavior. Example goal Reducing time to market: To be able to compete with competitor X we aim for a time to market of less ...
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Not coding as an IT Project Manager. Developers backbiting

I'll give the same answer I gave in the "Non-Technical PM" question. It applies equally here. In your specific case, you need to educate senior management so you have their support. And then you ...
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Senior developers 'reject' agile. What now?

Welcome to the real world - I have seen what you are describing to a higher or lesser degree in all agile or not-so-agile teams I have ever come in contact with. The thing is - and devs can be awfully ...
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How to deal with client's staff that says "this will be easy"

What you need to uncover is the driver behind the 'this will be easy' rhetoric. Is it innocent optimism? Is it designed to keep sponsors interested in funding this project? Or is it designed to ...
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How to model a map of conflicts / interests?

Stakeholder analysis can get as sophisticated and detailed as you want to make it. There are practitioners that specialize in this and this effort can get quite exhaustive, time consuming, and ...
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How to model a map of conflicts / interests?

Mapping stakeholder interests is an always-ongoing activity. It should never be complete, merely reviewed. Organisations revolve staff through Projects and Programmes constantly so stakeholder maps ...
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Start to Finish Relationship Examples for Construction Works?

One is tempted to do these to manipulate dates for just-in-time work: Install pump -SF-> Deliver pump; Construct platform -SF-> Platform pre-construction meeting; Commission Eqpt -SF-> Energize ...
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How to repay technical debt still delivering features?

Here's a simplified, idealistic example of what is usually happening in this situation: Management has Team A that they think has a velocity of say 100 story points/iteration. Management thinks Team ...
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Senior developers 'reject' agile. What now?

I like the idea behind Barnaby Golden's answer, "Just don't call it agile" However, I want to go into more detail. A lot of proponents of agile development use language that might not be ...
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Senior developers 'reject' agile. What now?

By all means, the very first thing that I would do is to "talk to them." They are developers with a not-insignificant amount of experience working with the very thing that you are now going ...
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Senior developers 'reject' agile. What now?

Beware of falling into the "We are doing Agile and we are doing Scrum" trap! Far too many people think that rigidly following a set of procedures is (1) the only allowable form and (2) ...
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Not coding as an IT Project Manager. Developers backbiting

It sounds like you are half in and half out of the techincal side of things. I would advise removing yourself from all technical descisions, discussions, architecture, 'trying to make things easy' etc ...
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How to repay technical debt still delivering features?

Overall, I think the answer to your problem lies in more transparency, but to get that, I think it may help to re-frame your issue a bit. It sounds like there are two things happening here and I think ...
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How to repay technical debt still delivering features?

Quick Answer: During each sprint planning meeting, discuss technical debt issues and create a placeholder card in each sprint with 5-8 or so story points that will be used to address re-factoring. ...

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