Tag Archives: product owner

Why Product Owners Need Effective Scrum Masters

When you consider who the important partners for product people are, your thoughts might turn to the stakeholders, development team, and sponsor. But having an effective Scrum Master is crucial when you work with a Scrum-based process. Sadly, many product owners don’t have an effective Scrum Master at their side. More often than not, this causes the individuals to take on some Scrum Master duties like coaching the development team. In this article, I explain why this is a bad idea, why you need a qualified Scrum Master to succeed as a product owner, and what you can do when you lack one.

Why Product Owners Need Effective Scrum Masters

When you consider who is an important partner for you as the person in charge of the product, your thoughts might turn to the stakeholders and development team members. But having an effective Scrum Master is crucial for product owners, as I explain in this episode.

Dealing with an Underperforming Development Team

As the person in charge of the product, you rely on the development team to do a good job. But some teams are held back by performance issues and fail to reliably deliver working software. This article shares my advice on how product people can deal with an underperforming development team and help the group improve.

Dealing with an Underperforming Development Team

As the person in charge of the product, you rely on the development team to do a good job. But some teams are held back by performance issues and fail to reliably deliver working software. This episode shares my advice on how product people can deal with an underperforming development team and help the group improve.

Five Product Owner Myths Busted

The product owner is a role which is often misunderstood and frequently misapplied. In this article, I address five common product owner misconceptions. I explain why they are wrong and how the role can be effectively implemented.

Five Product Owner Myths Busted

The product owner is a role which is often misunderstood and frequently misapplied. In this podcast episode, I address five common product owner misconceptions. I explain why they are wrong and how the role can be effectively implemented.

Six Types of “Product” Owners

Nearly 20 years after the publication of the first Scrum book, the product owner role is still riddled with misunderstandings. It’s not uncommon for me to meet someone who refers to her- or himself as a product owner, only to discover that the person owns a feature or the product details but not the entire product. Other times, I meet people who say they are product owners but who manage a whole product portfolio. This article helps you reflect on and improve the way the product owner role is applied at your workplace. It describes six common types of “product” owners. It shows how the roles differ and relate to each other, and it explains how you can effectively apply them.

Leveraging Software Platforms

Software platforms can be powerful tools to grow a product portfolio and create new revenue streams. But successfully using them can be tricky. This article shares my tips to help you take advantage of your platform.

Product Ethics

Digital products can have a significant impact on the users–from saving lives to exposing people to harmful content, encouraging unhealthy habits, and contributing to climate change. It is therefore important that we take responsibility for the ramifications of our products and make ethically sound product decisions. This article offers five guidelines to put product ethics in practice and create products that truly benefit their users.

10 Scaling Tips for Product People

Managing a growing product can be as rewarding as challenging: Involving more people and teams and scaling up is hardly ever easy. This article shares 10 practical tips to help you effectively scale as the person in charge of a product.