There are books, podcasts, talks, conferences and careers built on this topic!
When it comes to succinct guides there is what frameworks suggest and then there is what is advocated based on experience! This post is my musing on the latter.
It is not meant to take anything away from what Agile frameworks state instead is meant to compliment the view frameworks have of the role and its responsibilities, here’s what the Scrum guide states (I am a huge fan of the Scrum framework for it’s simplicity).
The super succinct version is; a Product Owner is a Pirate Captain! Outside the enterprise we known them as entrepreneurs, within an enterprise we have come to know them as intrapreneurs… or a slight twist to Tendayi Viki‘s words… A Pirate In the navy.
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Scrum advocates our Scrum Master’s are the shield for the team, I have lived with that for many years… But for the past few I’ve been advocating a slightly different approach. Sure Scrum Masters are the shield, however if it comes to that our problems have already come too close! The Uruk-hai are already at the Gates of Hornburg! We need them dealt with further upstream! The defence of the team (including the Product owner and Scrum Master)… specially high performing teams I’ve worked with starts with the Product Owner! Continue reading →