February 5, 2018

Is the Product Owner Part of the Team?

When you ask this question in the companies, you find out that about 30% of teams believe that he or she is not. If you ask why not, you find out that they feel their Product Owners are far away from them, they don’t help them, and they don’t understand them. And I’m not talking…

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January 18, 2018

Why the Product Owner is an Investor

Why the Product Owner is an Investor Product Owner role is usually more understandable for companies than the ScrumMaster role. After all, companies have someone responsible for the product or business. So that’s the candidate. The problem starts when we deep dive into the role understanding and find out that Product Owner shall not only…

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December 12, 2017

7 Warning Signs You’re Building the Wrong Thing and Why You Need to Slow Down

If you have worked in a scrum team, you’ll know that often you need to slow down first to get the results you need. In this article, we share a story about a team we worked with and the 7 warning signs which helped us to identify why they were consistently building the wrong thing,…

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July 5, 2016

Why is it so hard to do the right amount of refinement?

Teams don’t do enough product backlog refinement. Yes, it’s a sweeping statement and yes there are teams where this isn’t true but for the most part I feel it’s a common problem for new and existing teams. All the coaching for Scrum talks about a team using 10% of their time for refinement. If you…

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June 28, 2016

Issues with implementing Test Driven Development

Overview An aspect of Agile is fast feedback. Test Driven Development (TDD) provides fast feedback to developers of errors in their code and is recognised as good practice by many people in the agile community. So why do so few developers practice it? This blog looks at the issues with implementing TDD in legacy code….

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February 20, 2016

Project versus Product and Product Owner versus Project Manager

Project versus Product and Product Owner versus Project Manager I have done a small amount of research on this topic and was surprised to find there is not a lot of useful content explaining the difference between the Project and Product and the resulting roles. So I’ve thrown this post together which are my thoughts…

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January 12, 2016

Guerilla Competitor Analysis

Who’s the competition, and how good are their products? Everybody needs to know that. But how do you do it from a Product Owner perspective? The Product Management community have their own ideas about this, but we’re not going to recycle that knowledge here. Instead, we’ll look at a guerilla style of doing it that’s…

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September 29, 2015

A Day in the Life of a User Story

[process, story, done, bugs, improvements, product demo] ‘A user story is a planning unit, it is not a ‘requirement’. A user story has a life of its own. It starts as a twinkle in a PO’s eye, and ultimately it may be deployed in code. A lot can happen from start to finish. This article…

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June 18, 2015

The most important tool for a Product Owner.

Product Ownership is a tough life. If the development team aren’t moaning about quality, the clients are pushing for more work in less time and trying to fit just that one more extra story in at the last moment. You have to have two heads on. One head firmly set on the horizon, seemly peering…

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June 5, 2015

Where are you Mr(s) Product Owner?

An engaged Product Owner is essential to success in any Agile methodology or process. If the PO is on a remote site, or simply too busy, this can cause problems for the team. The solution is to have a co-located full time PO dedicated to the true product. This may be more than one team,…

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