The product owner is an agile anti-pattern

Talk / Tutorial - 30 - 60 mins

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Summary

While business knowledge and domain expertise is useful and essential, is this only achievable with a 'single wringable neck'? What would happen if the whole team could be encouraged to take ownership of product direction?

Full Abstract

While business knowledge and domain expertise is useful and essential, is this only achievable with a 'single wringable neck'? What would happen if the whole team could be encouraged to take ownership of product direction?

This session looks at how we have often created dysfunctional relationships with our product owners through both the way we collaborate (or don't) with them and the language we use to talk about the role itself.

We will discuss questions like:

  • is having a product owner an anti-pattern?
  • why do we discourage 'hero' developers but encourage 'hero' product owners?
  • do product owners make it hard to have a sustainable pace?
  • can the whole team engage in product ownership?
  • what can you do to support your PO?

Learning Outcomes

  • about the role of the product owner in an agile team
  • about the dangers of language like 'one wringable neck'
  • how teams can support their product owner and share the role
  • how to make the role of product owner collaborative

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Agile in the City: London 2017

June 16, 2017

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