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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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.

AgiliTea

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.

Agile Coaching: A guide for project managers stepping into a Scrum team – Health warnings!

This is first of a series of blogs to support traditional project managers I am coaching. To help get their bearings in deep and murky waters of Agile projects and Scrum teams. Before the scrum purists amongst you vehemently shake your heads or berate me on the title, consider being pragmatic. In the Professional Services world there is always a project manager to manage complexity and facilitate the Scrum team(s). My remit is to facilitate and empower the role to help the team, business and customers succeed, rather than debate its applicability and existence. Continue reading

Pause, reflect – lets celebrate journey of a team #SocialTransformation #Heroes

Team

What better way to spend a Sunday in Karachi than reminiscing and sharing Peace Through Prosperity (BringPTP)’s success with y’all.

Let me set the scene real quick!

2014

  • Peace Through Prosperity (BringPTP) brings its social transformation programs to Karachi. See this if you’re not familiar with BringPTP’s work.
  • BringPTP set’s about building the delivery team for what is to be the largest engagement in what is and remains a very challenging engagement.
  • Attempt 1 fails fast, and the delivery team is down to three! that reflection is for another post but it’s worth stating; for this program BringPTP hired MBAs, Tech and Social sciences graduates, of the seven hires all but one made the cut in the field, it was a brutal sprint and bloody retrospective!… and yes there was a lot of drama!
  • Attempt 2 yields a team of 9 all potential (very rough) gems, all hired from within marginalized communities they are soon to engage. There are two team members  with Higher Education qualifications, some have secondary schooling but others are only literate. None have ever been through any formal professional training of any sort or undertaken anything like this. Overall the team is hired on their street smarts, courage and a hunger for socio-economic transformation in their communities.
  • The newly formed team’s training and coaching lasts for two weeks with key areas of focus being; BringPTP’s programs and Agility (Scrum), Majority of the training and coaching delivered was in the field itself.
  • The team takes a cautious start to the project. There are many failures along the way, the team inspects, learns, adapts and keeps moving forward whilst delivering phenomenal, phenomenal results!
  • The team isn’t quite self organizing yet, but they are well on their way!

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