Scrum Agile Project Management

How to Recognize a True Product Owner

There are many examples of fake Product Owners (PO) in the companies (PO as Business Analyst, PO as Project Manager, Proxy PO). Companies cause this by using many organisational design antipatterns (assign one PO per team, “Product” being in fact a component, using committee for product decisions instead of one person). Sometimes these antipatterns are hard to see because they are hidden in the history and organization layers of the company. Are there any clear indicators that tell us that a person is a true Product Owner in the Scrum and LeSS sense? The presenter thinks yes and emphasizes them in the talk. For example:
– a true PO can kill the product
– a true PO doesn’t need to prepare status reports
– a true PO spends more time talking to customers than to teams

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Further reading: How To Hire Scrum Product Owners

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