The product owner is a very important component in a Scrum team, as it is the force driving the team towards the satisfaction of the end-user needs. This is a different situation if you are in a small startup or responsible for a large, established product line. In this blog post, Roman Pichler discusses the differences between small and big product owners.
One of the most important, and often overlook, sentence in the principles of the Agile Manifesto is “continuous delivery of valuable software”. Delivering value is an important principle for Agile and prioritization is the tool that allows to deliver value quickly. This is the topic discussed by Daniel Zacarias in his article “20 Product Prioritization Techniques: A Map and Guided Tour”.
There are many books and trainings that describe what good Product Owner should be in Scrum team. I have been a Product Owner for more than 5 years now. During this time I learned that there is only one skill that is essential to good Product Owner. I am ready to share it with you together with few “stories from the trenches” that will illustrate it.
The Product Owner Manual is a short e-book available for free from ScrumSense. It discusses in a practice-oriented way the roles and techniques used by a product owner in Scrum teams, including the story writing principles and how to perform release planning.
One of the important concept around Agile and Scrum is that it is more important to build the right product than to build the product right. Impact Management is a framework that helps managers to focus on impact of an idea and a product. In her article “Impact-Driven Scrum Delivery”, Ingrid Domingues explains how to brings together Scrum and Impact Management in software development projects where design is important.
The product backlog might be the more important item for a Scrum team as it represents the business value that the project should deliver to its customers. Putting a priority on the features and user stories is however not always easy for the product owners, especially if they are dealing with multiple stakeholders. In this article, Samantha Laing shares a technique that can help to improve the results of this activity.
A product roadmap is a high-level plan that shows how a product is likely to grow over time. This creates a continuity of purpose, aligns stakeholders and facilitates prioritisation. Unfortunately, many product owners and teams struggle with their product roadmaps. The roadmaps are often dominated by features, and the features are sometimes regarded as a commitment by senior management.