Tag Archives: Scrum Master

10 Tips for Effective Product Management Meetings

Meetings are essential to align the stakeholders and development team members and make the right product decisions. But we’ve all been stuck in bad meetings that lacked a clear objective, didn’t have an agenda, were dominated by a few vocal individuals, started late, or overran. Such meetings are unproductive and demotivating. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. The tips I share in this podcast episode will help you run successful product management meetings that engage the attendees and help you achieve the desired outcomes.

10 Tips for Effective Product Management Meetings

Meetings are essential to align the stakeholders and development team members and make the right product decisions. But we’ve all been stuck in bad meetings that lacked a clear objective, didn’t have an agenda, were dominated by a few vocal individuals, started late, or overran. Such meetings are unproductive and demotivating. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. The following ten tips will help you run successful product management meetings that engage the attendees and help you achieve the desired outcomes.

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.

How to Overcome 6 Key Product Leadership Challenges

Products are developed, provided, and enhanced by people, and effectively leading them is crucial to achieve product success. But leading stakeholders and development teams is hard: It requires product managers and product owners to overcome six leadership challenges that range from lacking transactional power to guiding self-organising teams. This article—which is based on my new book “How to Lead in Product Management”—discusses the six challenges and offers practical tips for overcoming them.

Sprint Planning Tips for Product Owners

As its name suggests, the sprint planning meeting sets up the sprint and establishes what can be done. While it’s an important meeting, I find that some product owners struggle with it. The following tips help you reflect on how you use the meeting and discover how you can get the most out of it.

Product Leadership in Scrum

Product owners can take on too many responsibilities, become too tactical and inward-focused, and lose sight of their main job: maximising the value a product creates. Instead of managing the team or establishing the right process, product owner should manage the product and exercise product leadership, as I explain in this article.

Sprint Review Tips for Product Owners

The sprint review meeting is maybe the most important Scrum event for product people—it helps you collect feedback and make the right product decisions thereby increasing the chances of creating a successful product. But I find that product owners are not always clear on who should attend the meeting, how it should be run, and how to collect the relevant feedback. This article answers these questions and shares my tips for getting the most out of the sprint review.

8 Tips for Collaborating with Development Teams

The development team is a key partner for every product manager and product owner: the team designs and builds the actual product. But it’s not always easy to effectively guide and work with the team. This post shares eight tips to make your collaboration with the development team even more effective, thereby increasing the chances of creating a successful product.

The Product Owner’s Guide to the Sprint Retrospective

The sprint retrospective is a key mechanism in Scrum to improve the way people work. This article shares my tips on how you can use the meeting as the person in charge of the product to strengthen connections and improve the work.