Abstract/Description

Imagine you are a Mad Agile Scientist and have a diabolical experiment to conduct - what would happen if you exchanged the brains of a Product Owner and Scrum Master? Mwuhahahaha!!! How would the body of a Product Owner with the brain of a Scrum Master act? And vice versa?

Perhaps the Scrum Master would now treat the team like a backlog? This Scrum Master would be focused on value and maintaining a coaching backlog of team and person improvements. This Scrum Master is refining the team, crafting a group that delivers value.

And perhaps the Product Owner might treat the backlog like a team? Rather than backlog refining, they coach the backlog. They would be focused on nurturing, protecting, and empowering the backlog. The backlog might transform from an irritation into a labor of love.

Although this experiment sounds terrible, this change of perspective might be what you need to reanimate your dead team or backlog.

Join the fun and come learn what horrifying results await!

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About the Speaker(s)

Alex Sloley specializes in agile training, coaching, transformations, and software development best practices. Alex is a fifteen-year veteran of Microsoft, where he acted as a Program Manager, Software Test Engineer, and Software Design Engineer in Test. During his tenure at Microsoft, he shipped in over ten Microsoft products, worked with Microsoft Research on high-profile projects, and led his organization into an enterprise-level implementation of Scrum. Alex honed his agile skills at a variety of other companies by leading agile transformations. A short list of these companies includes: Cisco, Construx Software, Deloitte, Integrated DNA Technologies, Intel, Nordeus, Nordstrom, Shell, and Starbucks.