MythBusters :Product Owners Myth vs Realities Geeta Pahalajani
DisclaimerThis presentation is meant for edutainment purposes only.All characters appearing in this presentation are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely and actually incidental.The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are solely of the author based on personal project experiences and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any company. After all Perception is Reality !! or Is Reality a Perception ??
A Product Owner is A Tester Project Manager Product OwnerScrum MasterSuper Hero
Tester Myth : There is no title like a “Software Tester” in Scrum teamsReality : Product Owner is the unofficial tester of the team.
PO vs Tester Team Member Product Owner Team Member Get Business sign off on the Write the test cases for QAacceptance criteria Identify Test Scenarios after Implement code andgathering requirements. execute the identified test scenarios Manual testing Automated Testing, Unit testing, Regression Testing
Project Manager Myth : A Product Owner is a Project Manager.Reality : A Product Owner is a collaborator, mediator, negotiator.
PO vs Project Manager Product Owner Project Manager Collaborator , Negotiator. MicroManager.Relationship is trust based. Relationship is control based.
Product Owner Myth : “The Product Owner is the one and only person responsible for managing the Product Backlog and ensuring the value of the work the team performs. This person maintains the Product Backlog and ensures that it is visible to everyone” Reality : Reality Bites !! Different flavors of a Product Owner The Underpowered Product Owner The Overworked Product Owner The Proxy Product Owner The Partial Product Owner The Distant Product Owner
Scrum Master Myth : Scrum has three roles: Product Owner, Scrum Master and Team.Reality : A single person performs the role of a Product Owner and Scrum Master at times.
PO vs Scrum Master Product Owner Scrum Master Product Owner protects the Scrum Master protects thecustomers interests and team interests and coachesensures ROI Mindset: External Mindset: Internal Focus: What/When Focus: How Main exceptions: Scope Main exceptions : Generalchanges (internal or external) impediments (internal or external).
Super Hero Myth : An ideal Product Owner would be a super hero, complete with cape and spandex.Reality : Alas! Super heroes are extremely difficult to find, perhaps even mythical.
Debate There is a conflict of interest that is beautifully separated when PO and SM roles are performed by different people. VSPutting one person in charge who owns the entire value stream unites authority and responsibility, helps remove impediments and waste such as handoffs.