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The Product Owner’s Checklist for the First Sprint

Scrum is a popular agile framework for developing a product with the right features and the right technologies. Unfortunately, it does not state the prerequisites for kicking off a Scrum project and for starting the first sprint. As a consequence, I find it not uncommon that product managers and product owners are unsure about the work they should do prior to the first sprint. This post offers a checklist to help you do the right upfront product management work.

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25 NovProductManagementFrameworkTemplateScreenshot

What is Product Management?

Product management is a multi-faceted, complex discipline that can be difficult to grasp and hard to master. This post shares my take on what product management is and what it takes to work as an effective product manager and product owner. It presents a product management framework that helps you define specific product roles and identify gaps in your product knowledge.

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8 Octsuperman_x-ray

8 Tips for Creating A Compelling Product Vision

Superman has it, management gurus recommend it, Scrum and LeanStartup employ it: The vision, or product vision to be more precise. While reading this post will not give you x-ray vision and other superpowers, its eight tips will help unleash the full power of your product vision.

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9 SepFeaturedImageRoadmapBacklog

The Product Roadmap and the Product Backlog

The product backlog is a great tool to capture ideas and requirements. But it is less suited to describe how the product is likely to develop in the longer term. This is where the product roadmap comes in. But how do the product backlog and the product roadmap relate? Is the backlog derived from the roadmap or is it the other way round? Should the product owner be responsible for both artefacts? Read on to find out my recommendations.

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13 AugFeatured Image - From Personas to User Stories

From Personas to User Stories

User stories are a powerful technique to capture the product functionality from the perspective of a user or customer. But how do we discover the right stories? When should they be written and how detailed should they be? Read this post to find out my answers to these questions.

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16 JulAgileStrategyCreationTipsFeaturedImage

10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Strategy with the Vision Board

This post does what its title says: It shares my recommendations for creating an agile product strategy using the Vision Board. It addresses readers who want to find out more about using a product strategy in an agile, dynamic environment and readers who want to get better at using the Vision Board.

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17 JunRertoFeaturedImage

The Product Owner’s Guide to the Sprint Retrospective

The sprint retrospective is the key mechanism in Scrum to improve the way people work. Some product owners believe though that they should not attend the meeting, and if they do then only as guests and not as active participants. But the retrospective does not only benefit the development team and the ScrumMaster; it is also an opportunity for the product owner to learn and improve, as this post explains.

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