Why Return to In-Person Classes

We have some exciting news—Braintrust is going back into the classroom!  Our live, virtual training has gone better than we ever could have imagined when we made the pivot in March 2020. Our students loved virtual classes, our Trainers enjoyed spending more time at home, and it has been a major success. But we’ve missed … Read More

Core Elements of a Product Owner

A product owner is… Available—Being available is key, because you are the single source of truth for the Product. That means you have to be there for anyone who has a question. You need to attend every Spring Planning and Retrospective. There is no one formula for availability, however. Each Product Owner needs to find … Read More

Product Owner Myths

The Product Owner can be a committee Nope! The Product Owner is always one person. Think of it like a funnel—the Product Owner funnels the work to the Team in the order things need to be completed. Only one person is the voice of the work getting to the Team. We don’t want six people … Read More

Do We Really Need a Product Owner?

Do we really need a Product Owner—we have someone in the Organization who does their regular, full-time functional role as well as the duties of being a Product Owner. The Product Owner needs to be a full-time role within the Org. Once the Product Owner is freed up from their functional duties, they can then … Read More

What Exactly is Scrum?

The most simple response to “what exactly is Scrum?” is that Scrum is a great framework for developers. But why is this? Well, in a competitive software development market, things need to move fast. Newer technologies become available and customer needs evolve quickly. This also means that development teams must move fast. Also, they must … Read More

Why Agile Has Been So Important During Covid-19

When it comes to project management, you might think the latest buzzword thrown about on the Internet is Agile. But if you think that it’s just a buzzword, you are mistaken. Agile is a very effective and efficient way of managing projects. Because of this, and although it was mainly seen previously as a set … Read More

Does a Scrum Master Need to be Technical?

Given that Scrum has traditionally been adopted in IT first and is seen as an “IT thing,” there is a myth that a Scrum Master need to be technical. That’s not true at all! There’s nothing in the Scrum Guide that requires them to be technical. Their communication and collaboration skills are of more importance … Read More