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The Dangers of Creating a “Proxy” Product Owner

The Dangers of Creating a “Proxy” Product Owner

  • Angela
  • 4/25/2018 8:29:00 AM
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Some of my clients grow frustrated with their disengaged, unskilled Product Owners. In an effort to get the work done, they create a new Scrum role called “Proxy Product Owner.” This person’s job, in a nutshell, is to do the “real” Product Owner’s job for them, particularly the less glamorous parts: meeting with stakeholders, writing user stories, attending Scrum meetings.
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How to Choose the Right Product Owner Pt.3

How to Choose the Right Product Owner Pt.3

  • Angela
  • 5/18/2017 9:45:00 PM
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In part 1 and 2 of this blog series, we looked at the benefits and pitfalls of filling the Product Owner role with either a business analyst or product manager. In the final installment of this blog, we’ll look at one more potential role transition: project manager to product owner.
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How to Choose the Right Product Owner Pt.2

How to Choose the Right Product Owner Pt.2

  • Angela
  • 5/11/2017 11:13:00 AM
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In Part 1 of this blog, we looked at the pros and cons of transitioning your business analysts into the Product Owner role. Another common role transition is from product manager to product owner. When my clients do this, their reasoning goes like so: “We want a product owner who understands and has accountability for the success of the product. Product managers are a natural choice.”
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How to Hold an Effective Backlog Grooming Session

How to Hold an Effective Backlog Grooming Session

  • Angela
  • 2/21/2012 7:27:00 PM
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When I come into organizations as an Agile Coach, one of the common areas of frustration with Scrum is the Sprint Planning Meeting. “These meetings take forever!” my clients complain. An easy way to make Sprint Planning meetings both shorter and more effective is through the regular use of Product Backlog Grooming Sessions.Sometimes called StoryTime sessions, the purpose of these meetings is to make improvements to the Product Backlog. That definition is deliberately vague because the meeting ...
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