Most companies don’t have empowered product owners in their Scrum projects. Instead they work with some kind of distributed product ownership. This talk analyzes why distributed product ownership is so common, what problems it produces and how to make it work.
The product owner is one of the three roles of the Scrum framework for Agile project management. The product owner is responsible for defining and prioritizing the backlog and to convey the product vision to the Scrum team. Some people have compared this role to the traditional product manager position, but the context is different.In her blog post, Ellen Gottesdiener shares nine things that every product manager should know about being an Agile product owner.
Being a Product Owner (PO) Proxy is difficult. You are pulled between product managers and engineers, holding the middle ground can be a challenge. Translating technical issue to Product Management and Customer issues to Engineering is a valuable task, but sometimes it can feel like a thankless one too. This presentation shares experiences and thoughts on this challenging but not often coveted role.
The sprint retrospective in an important moment in the Scrum approach where the team think about its software development process and tries to improve it. As on of the three Scrum roles, the product owner has to play its part in this activity. In this blog post, Roman Pichler explains how product owner can play an active role during the retrospective meetings.
Product Management practices remains a skill difficult to pin down in its scope and responsibility. This article discusses how Product Management can exist within an Agile-oriented organization. It explains that it is an organizational level activity with responsibilities, decision-making and influences far beyond the scope of the software itself. Without the Product Manager, the Product Owner cannot do his job, as the business context for the software solution is lost.
“Value” is the beacon, watchword, end game, justification, and mantra for Agile practitioners. You make product decisions in Scrum at every turn throughout discovery and delivery, balancing multiple perspectives.
The Product Owner is a very important role in Scrum. He has the key responsibility to create, manage and prioritize the product development backlog. Can this responsibility always be to a unique person or is there situations where you could have a team of product owners? Kenneth Rubin discusses this topic in his “Essential Scrum” book.