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 →
Agile is a natural state of being – life evolved over time through inspection and adaption at a cellular level. We inspect and adapt on a daily basis when we make decisions; to take the motorway or to avoiding it, walk out with an umbrella or not! We use data and patterns we are familiar with to continually inspect and adapt. That is agility.
I am an Agile player-coach who facilitates people and organisations to nurture an agile mindset that is geared towards responsiveness to complexity and change.
If you’d like to share a good brew and explore how we can work together, where I can facilitate you, your team(s) and organisation to seed and nurture an agile mindset please feel free to get in touch.
As for where I can add value… I am an entrepreneur turned intrapreneur turned player-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.
‘I want to create a practical guide for product owners to facilitate them in writing acceptance criteria for user stories so that their output is of value to the scrum team’
You’ll find pages after pages describing what an acceptance criteria is and how to write a good one, what it should include or not, however this post takes a practical approach for Product Owners to follow. You’ll find post after post describing how product owners ought to use Gherkin script to develop/write an acceptance criteria, which in my opinion is not a practical approach, there are a few things wrong with that approach, a few come to mind right now:Continue reading →