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The Product Owner (PO) Board - making PO workflow visible

The transparency brought about by the Product Owner Board brings to the PO team many of the benefits we see with development teams

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17 June 2013
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Product Owner
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planning board, product owner

One of the principles of agility is transparency - making the flow of work visible. It is common for the development team to use task boards and burndown charts, and we've found that extending this practice to the product management team is just as valuable. No surprise there.

We have found this to be especially valuable, as the PO Team tends to be less agile due to their background. Most accept that the dev team is doing something weird and that they are required to provide different “specifications” but if you manage to set up a board and make their ...

I Love My Product

"Software engineering and product management tend to be focused on deterministic things, such as algorithms and data structures, and more often than not, it is a lot about problem solving, bug fixing, criticising this or that. But deep inside, engineers and product managers are creative, emotional people with a lot of passion for their work. I was just curious to see what happens if their perspective would be one that is unconditionally positive - do you love your product?" —Dirk Bartels, CPO, Idealo Internet GmbH

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30 April 2013
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Product Owner
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client, emotion, love, product, product owner, team

In a client workshop with a team of Product Owners at idealo Internet GmbH last week, Dirk Bartels, the CPO/Head of Product, suggested and facilitated an inspiring exercise. Dirk had read the book "Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love" by Marty Cagan. So he asked the group: What does this statement mean to you, "I love my product"?

Motivation

Explaining why he wanted to start the day with this session, Dirk said, “One of the motivations behind this exercise was to allow everyone to take a different perspective. Software engineering and product management tend to be focused on ...

Tips and Tricks for the beginner Product Owner

Embrace to fail fast! Product Owner @riskmanagement Most people are afraid to fail. Shame, is the core of the fear of failure, as psychology research (see Dr. Brené Brown @TED) concluded, which is quite intuitively understandable. Fearing failure is helping you to fail, it does nothing else than that. In ...

Embrace failing fast!

Product Owner @riskmanagement

Most people are afraid to fail. Shame is at the core of the fear of failure, psychologists say (see Dr. Brené Brown @TED). The problem with fearing failure, though, is that it does nothing but help you fail.

In our western culture, shame is a driver to get others to do things. By using shame and guilt as tools, we do not only burden us with an emotional baggage that is wearing us down emotionally, but we also create a lot of dysfunctions as we hide mistakes in order not to be blamed.

Transparency ...

Tips and Tricks for the beginner Product Owner

How long is your backlog? Many Product Owners I coached are obsessed by the length of their Product Backlog. While the fact that I only encountered three female Product Owners in my whole career, might explain parts of this phenomena, there is more to explore about this. A newbie Product ...

How long is your backlog?

Many Product Owners I coached are obsessed by the length of their Product Backlog. While the fact that I only encountered three female Product Owners in my whole career, might explain parts of this phenomena, there is more to explore about this.

A newbie Product Owner is often frightened about his backlog being too short. Having 15-20 User Stories ready for the next Sprint Planning is often hard for a beginner. After a while, it turns into an obsession, as a long Product Backlog gives a feeling of safety.

Guys, and the few Gals out ...

Tips and Tricks for the beginning Product Owner

Envision a vision for a better PO I want to point out that a vision is a necessity. The Product Owner is not going to do a good job without one. The product vision is not part of the Scrum framework. Nonetheless it is often mentioned in the Scrum literature ...

Envision a vision for a better PO

I want to point out that a vision is a necessity. The Product Owner is not going to do a good job without one. The product vision is not part of the Scrum framework. Nonetheless it is often mentioned in the Scrum literature as something that is a prerequisite.

In my experience, most companies lack a vision for their products. On rare occasions,  there existed a product vision, but it led a gloomy existance in a dusty drawer.

A good product vision is short, concise, broad, understandable and most important - engaging! With a ...

Ask the Team!

There are some questions asked by Product Owners and they have a simple answer: “Ask the team!”

On
5 May 2011
In
Scrum, agile
Tags
burn down, product owner, team, user story

There are some questions asked by Product Owners

... and they have a simple answer: “Ask the team!”

Story good enough for the Sprint

When a PO ask: “Is the user story good enough, that it can be taken in the sprint?” or “Does this user story have enough acceptance criteria?”

The answer to this question is “Ask the team!”

The team will work with the story, so the story has to be good enough that the team can work with it. For a story to be good enough for the sprint it has to be small (6 to 10 stories ...

30 attendees at the Scrumtisch in August

This evening the Berlin Scrumtisch took place in Friedrichshain. More than thirty participants followed Marion's invitation for discussions ...

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26 August 2010
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Scrumtisch Berlin
Tags
agile, agile42, agile development, agile tools, agilo, product owner, scrum, scrum development, scrummaster, scrum tool, scrum tools

This evening the Berlin Scrumtisch took place in Friedrichshain. More than thirty participants followed Marion's invitation for discussions on Scrum, wine and pizza at Vecchia Trattoria.

As there were several new participants, Felix started out with a very brief summary of the very core concepts of Scrum itself: Most important to know is the basic assumption of Scrum, that is planning ahead of time in a very detailed way is impossible. Defining goals and letting those who do the actual work take the decisions on how to reach that goal is way easier and more promising. The whole process ...

Scrumtisch August 2010

Hello Together, I found a date for the next Scrumtisch, and I hope that not too many people are on ...

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5 August 2010
In
Scrumtisch Berlin
Tags
product owner, rep, scrum, scrum alliance, scrummaster, scrum training

Hello Together,

I found a date for the next Scrumtisch, and I hope that not too many people are on vacation :-)

Date: 25th August 2010
Time: 18:30 Uhr
Place: La Vecchia Trattoria, Niederbarnimstraße 25, 10247 Berlin

Please let me know who is coming :-)

CU there
Marion

agile42 now SA-REP

Registered Education Provider (SA REP ℠) We are proud to announce, that agile42 is since the 13th of July officially ...

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20 July 2010
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product owner, rep, scrum, scrum alliance, scrummaster, scrum training

Registered Education Provider (SA REP ℠)

We are proud to announce, that agile42 is since the 13th of July officially a Scrum Alliance REP℠ (Registered Education Provider)

Registered Education Provider

The Scrum Alliance has developed this program for organizations that offer certification and non-certification courses pertinent to agile and Scrum practitioners.

The Certified Scrum Developer program (CSD) is a curriculum of courses that offer the skills developers and other technical-minded team members need to succeed. All courses in the CSD curriculum are taught by Scrum Alliance Registered Education Providers.

More information

Scrumtisch June 2010

Scrum: How to create a high performance environment

On
18 May 2010
In
Scrumtisch Berlin
Tags
management, product owner, scrum, scrum berlin, scrummaster, scrumtisch, self organizing teams

Hello :-)

At the Scrumtisch in June, Bent Myllerup will talk about:

"How to create a high performance environment"

This presentation is covering systemic and appreciative approaches to foster team identity towards the high performing stage. He has done it at several occasions. The last time was for the Atlanta Scrum User Group last August

I am looking forward to see you there. Please let me know as usual :-)

Marion

Date: 29th June 2010
Time: 18:30 Uhr
Place: La Vecchia Trattoria, Niederbarnimstraße 25, 10247 Berlin

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