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

  • Understand the formal definitions of the product owner role.
  • Understand the dangers of language like 'last wringable neck'.
  • Understand how product owners can engage their teams in product development.
  • Understand the history of continuous improvement and empiricism in business.
  • Understand the principles of collaborative product ownership.

Notes for Organisers

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Past Events

Agile Nottingham / August 2017

Agile Nottingham

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Nottingham

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August 23, 2017

User Group

Lean Agile Manchester / September 2017

Lean Agile Manchester

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Manchester

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September 20, 2017

User Group

Agile Tour Lithuania 2017

Agile Tour Lithuania

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Vilnius

)

October 12, 2017

Conference

Where have you already presented this session?

Upcoming Conference
Upcoming User Group
Past Events

Agile Yorkshire (Leeds) / August 2017

Agile Yorkshire

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Leeds

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August 9, 2017

User Group

Lean Agile Birmingham / July 2017

Lean Agile Birmingham

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Birmingham

)

July 12, 2017

User Group

Agile in the City: London 2017

Software Acumen

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London

)

June 16, 2017

Conference

Lean Agile Birmingham / July 2017
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July 12, 2017
Agile in the City: London 2017
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June 16, 2017
Agile in the City: London 2017
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June 16, 2017
Agile in the City: London 2017
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June 16, 2017
Agile in the City: London 2017
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June 16, 2017
Agile in the City: London 2017
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June 16, 2017
Agile in the City: London 2017
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June 16, 2017
Agile in the City: London 2017
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June 16, 2017
Agile in the City: London 2017
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June 16, 2017