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Episode Info: This week, on the Agile Coaches’ Corner, your host Dan Neumann and his AgileThought colleague, Sam Falco, will be taking a look at the Product Owner role in Scrum! The Product Owner Role sometimes gets overlooked in a lot of discussions around Scrum — yet, they’re one of the most important, complex, and crucial roles. They’re the visionary behind the product. Primarily, their responsibility to the Scrum team is to maximize the value of what the development team creates.   Tune in to hear Dan and Sam’s conversation to get more insight into the incredibly important Product Owner role — what it is, the challenges of being one, the valuable traits and skills for a PO to have, and some of the anti-patterns around the role!   Key Takeaways What is the Product Owner Role in Scrum? It is one of the three roles of Scrum (product owner, scrum master, and the development team) They’re the visionary behind the product They’re a crucial reason to why we have Scrum teams in the first place — they’re feeding the Scrum team the most valuable backlog items to turn into an increment of product every sprint The primary role of the Product Owner is to maximize the value of what the development team creates It’s important that it’s only one person; not a committee Challenges of the Product Owner Role: Managing and representing the opinions and voices of the dev team and stakeholders by distilling them into a coherent product backlog that’s optimized for value Valuable traits for a Product Owner: Someone with a distinct understanding of the market and a vision for a product that they want to bring into the world An entrepreneurial mindset Someone with very deep domain knowledge and business knowledge Understands the customers (or potential customers) Decisiveness Open-mindedness Strong leadership skills and the ability to motivate others Important skills for a Product Owner to have: Domain and business knowledge The ability to write a good business proposal as well as a strong canvas that articulates to funders what it is you’re trying to accomplish A willingness to test your hypothesis and do market research Communication skills and articulating things in a way that makes sense to your development team Negotiation skills Having a well-crafted and well-ordered backlog Being able to define the sprint goal Being able to communicate the vision and having the organizational skills to put the backlog in a good order so the dev team, customers, and stakeholders always know what’s next Technical skills (though it is not a must-have, it is helpful for them to have an understanding of the technology they’re working with) — but be careful, a PO with technical chops can sometimes interfere with the dev team Anti-patterns within organizations that are not setting up their Product Owner for success: Having someone without the right traits and skills in the Product Owner role Having a proxy PO stand-in for the real Product Owner, which jumbles th...
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