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Ricardo (4s): Hello, everyone Welcome to the five minutes podcast Today like to discuss the LinkedIn post. I saw recently comparing the project manager Thinking and they Scrum Master Thinking and you know, is it me a very big concern I'm not a person and that replies or react to every single post on LinkedIn, but that one I thought, Oh God, I need to put my thinking. And it's not because of the comparison, but because of the mindset behind it. So let me first explain. So it was an image, a yellow image saying project manager Thinking and then say, I know what is best. I need to make decisions. I focus on status.
Ricardo (44s): I see myself in the middle with everything and I am the connector and translator. And then Scrum Master Thinking the team knows what is best. The team needs to decide a focus on team health. I see myself as an outside observer and supporter and I am the neighbor. OK. So if something like Scrum Master is something good and the project manager is something bad, so let me first point here. I built my first part of my career using waterfall as probably most of you listening to me, but I'm certified in basically everything around agility. So I don't feel myself in any place, but this statement brought me a very big concern.
Ricardo (1m 29s): Let me explain you why because this is not Project Management Thinking versus Scrum Master Thinking this is competent and reasonable leader against incompetent leader. Let me tell you, no matter if you're listening to this podcast and your work on the project management sector, or if you do whatever, if you work on sales, let me tell you, Competent people, stimulate the role of the team. No metter, the method, so the way it's presented to me, it seems like, look, if you use this method, everything would be paradise. If you use the other method everything will be chaotic.
Ricardo (2m 11s): hierarchical. Let me tell you this could be true I would say 25 years ago, maybe 30. Let me tell you in the work today if you are in the middle of it, everything, nothing will happen. Let me tell you, whatever name you want to position this profession as project manager, scrum master product owner, Project King or Project Quenn whatever, I don't care about the name. Let me tell you, there is a leadership, responsibility coming from this profession to connect that idea into results, and in order to do that. People use different techniques.
Ricardo (2m 52s): The technique is just a way of crossing that bridge. So there is waterfall. There is agile, there is scrum, the is kanban or whatever the method you created by yourself at the end, for example, in my real life, I use everything. Everything, its like a Swiss army knife. So these kinds of Thinking is also a reflection of what we see today in several topics like politics, like religion. Is this for me to show the time and good. I need to show that other models are bad. And this is a very dangerous and not constructive thinking. So we need to understand it.
Ricardo (3m 33s): If you work connecting things whoever the name, of your position, is whatever you do and whatever method you use. Let me tell you, what do you need. You need leadership. You need to find ways of getting the team alignment with one single goal to deliver the project. You know, we need to motivate the teams. You need to be able to handle problems because Problems will happen all the time. You need this kind of leadership. This is not because let me tell you If the methods was the solution. We will not have any single transformation failing because most of the transformations that use agile methods and 70% of them fail.
Ricardo (4m 20s): On the other side, you see a massive capital projects using waterfall, project management, failing. So it doesn't matter. Let me tell you people succeed or fail regardless of the technique, the technique is just one approach to solve the problem. Let's not be so simplistic. Let me tell you the biggest challenge I have ever faced in my life. It's people. It's how you get the right mindset, the right behavior that will be able to deliver the results. And let me tell you, I don't have a research. So, or just guessing based on my own experience, the method is responsible for 10% of the result.
Ricardo (5m 7s): Mindset behavior. Corporate support sponsorship and this, all the soft environment around your project is responsible for 90%. Look COVID-19, so just look that, just look at what is happening today. Let me tell you its not of methods. It's a lack of leadership. It's absolutely lack of leaders. So every time you see this kind of post, you need to just to be mindful on what you were reading to avoid taking this and trying to fit people, methods into boxes. Use whatever is needed for your problem to solve your project.
Ricardo (5m 49s): So open your mind to that. OK? And don't get trapped by this kind of polarization because this kind of polarization will never get you, your project, and your organization to where you really want to go. I hope you enjoyed this podcast and see you next week with another five minutes podcast.