So in my current role of PM, I’m experiencing the NEED to babysit EVERYONE on this project far more than I have in the past as a Scrum Master. Here are some examples:
- No one is sharing information even after I’ve requested it. I have to pull it from them. For instance, I had no idea that two of my “testers” were even available for my team. I find myself digging for documents after I’ve asked people to share them, too.
- Expectations are completely unclear. For instance, I just learned that I – as in ME – need to put together a test plan. For you traditional PMs out there this probably isn’t new for you, but I’ve never done this before. Why? Because I had self-organizing, cross-functional teams that took it upon themselves to take care of this crucial tidbit. Now I get the unsavory task of asking everyone to document what they’re doing so far.
- Communication seems incredibly stifled since we don’t yet have daily stand-ups. For instance, dates (such as whether or not we’ll have to work over the 4th of July weekend) have been up the air for at least two weeks. AND dare I mention the tester availability thing again?
What are some differences you’ve noticed and how did you manage them? I’m feeling like a fish out of water in this more waterfall type of environment (yes. pun intended.)