What makes a great product owner?

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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Applying Agile principles and values to transform society

A huge thank you to organisers and delegates at Drupal Camp Belgium for having me over and for the privilege of their platform to advocate for Peace Through Prosperity.

This was my fourth session at a camp in Belgium over the years! the message remains the same and the audience just as receptive. #Thankyou

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Building borderless entrepreneurial ecosystem – Peace Through Prosperity and 9others – road to Yemen!

At Peace Through Prosperity we know firsthand the impact people-to-people support networks bring, having a trusted network is something no entrepreneur should be without. With 9others we have been delivering these for micro-entrepreneurs in marginalised communities since 2014. Combined with our mini-MBA and coaching programmes for micro-entrepreneurs this additional level of support has become an invaluable compliment for beneficiaries we work with. Continue reading

Bookshelf

This is my Agility related bookshelf, I keep adding to it, if you find it of interest suggest you bookmark it or subscribe to be kept posted on additions to it.

Books and articles

  1. Agile Manifesto #MustRead!
  2. Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great
  3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind #Seriously!
  4. Know Your Customers’ “Jobs to Be Done”
  5. Impact Mapping: Making a Big Impact with Software Products and Projects
  6. Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
  7. True Believer
  8. The Design Thinking Playbook: Mindful Digital Transformation of Teams, Products, Services, Businesses and Ecosystems
  9. Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness
  10. The Scrum Guide
  11. Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum
  12. User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product
  13. Agile Estimating and Planning
  14. Large-Scale Scrum: More with Less
  15. The People’s Scrum: Agile Ideas for Revolutionary Transformation
  16. Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition
  17. The Coach’s Casebook: Mastering The Twelve Traits That Trap Us
  18. Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both
  19. Soft Systems Methodology in Action
  20. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  21. Tools for thinking modelling in management science
  22. The winning mindset
  23. The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness

Talks and Vids:

Subscriptions: The Agilist – online but the analogue version is money well spent and helps keep the non-profit funded! Someday I’ll add my opinions on these titles, in the meantime If you’d like to discuss any of them over a good brew feel free to get in touch. As for where I can add value… I am an entrepreneur turned intrapreneur turned agile coach! What I’ve achieved across multiple verticals is best reflected by feedback and recommendations from people I have worked with. You can view them here, and you can get in touch with me via LinkedIn.

Product Owners… Servant leaders! our first line of defence.



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