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Every Great Product Owner Needs a Great ScrumMaster

The product owner and the ScrumMaster are two separate agile roles that complement each other. To do a great job, product owners need a strong ScrumMaster at their side. Unfortunately, I find that there is often a lack of ScrumMasters who can support the product owner. Sometimes there is confusion between the roles, or there is no ScrumMaster at all. This post explains the differences between the two roles, what product owners should expect from their ScrumMaster, and what the ScrumMasters are likely to expect from them.

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A Template for Formulating Great Sprint Goals

Working with sprint goals is a powerful practice. But many product owners and teams don’t leverage sprint goals or don’t apply them correctly: Sprint goals often state the stories to be implemented rather than the reason for undertaking the iteration. That’s rather unfortunate: Effective sprint goals serve to test ideas, to deliver features, and to foster teamwork. This post introduces a sprint goal template to help you write powerful sprint goals to build great products.

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4 FebTheListeningResourceSusanEliot

Data Analysis Tips for Product Managers and Product Owners

Data analysis might sound a bit nerdy, but it should be part of every product manager’s and product owner’s tool box. The idea is simple: Investigate the data gathered, learn form it, and use the new knowledge to create a successful product. In theory, that’s easy. But in practice, it can be challenging. The following tips help you get the most of your data analysis efforts.

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Working with the GO Product Roadmap

The GO product roadmap is a new, goal-oriented product planning tool developed to fit into a Lean Startup, Business Model Generation and Scrum context. By focusing on goals, the roadmap shifts the conversation from debating features to establishing shared objectives. This post explains how you can use the GO product roadmap effectively. It discusses its relationship with the Vision Board and Business Model Canvas; it describes how the roadmap is created; it shows how it relates to the Product Canvas/backlog; and it explains how pivoting works with the roadmap.

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10 Persona Tips for Agile Product Management

Personas are a powerful technique to describe the users and customers of a product. While there is plenty of advice available on using personas in a traditional setting, employing personas effectively in an agile and lean context can be challenging. This post shares ten tips to create great personas when working with Lean Startup, Customer Development, and Scrum.

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25 NovGORadmapFeaturedImage

The GO Product Roadmap – a New Agile Product Management Tool

Product roadmaps are an important product management tool. But applying them effectively can be challenging. Roadmaps are too often focused on features, and product managers spend too much time getting the stakeholders to agree on when which features will be developed. This post introduces a new roadmap: the GO product roadmap, a goal-oriented agile roadmap that combines goals and features in a novel way.

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