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The Product Owner on One Page

The Product Owner on One Page

The following diagram summarises the product owner's responsibility together with the role's key activities and artifacts.  You can find out more about the product owner role in my book Agile Product Management with Scrum (Addison-Wesle...

Common Product Owner Traps

Common Product Owner Traps

Product owners play a key part in creating successful products with Scrum: They are in charge of the product and lead the development effort. But this new, multi-faceted role can be challenging to apply. For many organizations, the path to effective product ownership is littered with traps and pitfalls. This article helps you recognize and avoid some of the most common traps.

The Product Vision

The Product Vision

The product vision is a critical success factor for Scrum projects. Little has been said about the contents and desirable qualities of a vision in Scrum. This article tries to fill the gap by helping you write a powerful product vision that guides and aligns everyone involved in the project.

Being an Effective Product Owner

Being an Effective Product Owner

Have you ever asked yourself what it takes to be an effective product owner on a Scrum project? This article explains the key responsibilities of the product owner and provides insights into how to perform the role well.

Prepped for Success

Prepped for Success

Your project has to be done yesterday. You need to kick off your first sprint as soon as possible. But before you take that leap, spend a little bit of time getting ready. This article describes four activities that should be completed before the first sprint is kicked off and four activiites that should take place prior to each sprint planning meeting.

Effective Collaboration through Standardization

Effective Collaboration through Standardization

Let’s face it: for most of us, the term standardization has a negative connotation. We think of rules that are strictly enforced, procedures that must be followed, no matter what. This article tries to put a different perspective on standard...