Scrum is the predominant agile framework in use – with 72% of the respondents in VersionOne’s State of Agile Development Survey for 2012 reporting that they use Scrum, a Scrum/XP hybrid or Scrumban. Since Scrum doesn’t prescribe technical practices, it’s good to see that Scrum/XP hybrids are in use and that the use of various technical practices is continuing to grow.
It is equally comforting to see that those who know most about agile are in the ScrumMaster role, since the ScrumMaster is responsible for guiding the team in agile practices. However, those closest to the work of the team – from a software development perspective – were ranked as most knowledgeable about agile. Those closer to the business such as executives and Product Owners were ranked as least knowledgeable.
This is a concern. A Product Owner should be interacting with the team on a daily basis; and it seems to me that if a Product Owner is in fact engaged with the team that some knowledge about agile practices and behaviors should be rubbing off. At the very least, Product Owners should have an understanding of and be supporting the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto.
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