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  • Because I’ve been around the block. // Developer since mid 90’s / Agile coach / consultant since 2001. Worked with lots of clients. And seen some of the most effective …
  • This is one agile developer helping you understand what we need in a PRODUCT OWNER so you can help us as DEVELOPERS do what you want us to do, so we can help YOU build what you want.
  • Product owner 10 key traits webinar peter saddington

    1. 1. The Agile Product Manager 10 Key Traits of an Excellent Agile Product Owner or Product Manager Peter Saddington, CSM CSP Enterprise Agile Coach Thinqube Network, Inc. @agilescout
    2. 2. Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington Peter Saddington, CSP CSM Independent Enterprise Agile Coach Rally Software Agile Coach Executive Editor Author – Scrum Pocket Guide [email_address] +1.404.669.6662 Twitter: @agilescout
    3. 3. <ul><li>Thinqube Network, Inc offers a full range of services – from training and consulting to Agile implementation and enterprise software development coaching </li></ul><ul><li>A leading provider of Agile consulting and coaching in the greater Atlanta region and South East </li></ul><ul><li>Headquartered in Atlanta, GA </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    4. 4. 10 Key Product Ownership Characteristics Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    5. 5. Agile Software Development <ul><li>Iterative and incremental development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smaller pieces of work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration between self-organizing and cross-functional teams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enabled, equipped, and supported teams </li></ul></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    6. 6. General Product Ownership Roles <ul><li>Tells the team what they need to build </li></ul><ul><li>Creates the prioritized product backlog (list of what to build) </li></ul><ul><li>Represents the customer </li></ul><ul><li>Elaborates requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Participates in Scrum meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Inspects the product at end </li></ul><ul><li>Course corrects or change direction </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate progress and vision </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    7. 7. Product Owner is Part of the Team! Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington TEAM Developers CSM / Project Manager QA Analysts Product Owner UI/UX
    8. 8. The Product Owner ‘Persona’ <ul><li>Why do I talk about Product Owner characteristics or the ‘persona’ of a Product Owner? </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    9. 9. Oh no! What if that’s not me? <ul><li>Relax  </li></ul><ul><li>These aren’t personality traits! </li></ul><ul><li>They are ways of equipping yourself to be effective in an Agile team! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    10. 10. Let’s Work Together! <ul><li>HELP YOU </li></ul><ul><li>HELP US </li></ul><ul><li>HELP YOU </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    11. 11. #1 Engaged Leadership <ul><li>The best Product Owners are engaged in the entire process. </li></ul><ul><li>An engaged Product Owner is a natural leader </li></ul><ul><li>Through decisions, he shows he is committed to the process and product </li></ul><ul><li>A dis-engaged Product Owner is circumvented </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    12. 12. #1 Engaged Leadership <ul><li>Engaged Product Owners provide vision over comprehensive documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight work agreements with the team </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight strategy and game plans for the team </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight principles to work by </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight guardrails to keep the team in order </li></ul><ul><li>Create lightweight work agreements with your team! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    13. 13. #2 Available within Reason <ul><li>The best Product Owners are available to the team, but within reason. </li></ul><ul><li>Break down any walls blocking consistent communication to the team </li></ul><ul><li>Be open to the needs of the team </li></ul><ul><li>A balanced approach here. Don’t babysit! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    14. 14. #2 Available within Reason <ul><li>Available Product Owners support availability over meetings. </li></ul><ul><li>Be part of the daily 15 minute meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Be part of the ceremonial Agile touch points </li></ul><ul><li>Collocate yourself! </li></ul><ul><li>Change your schedule so you can be available to the team! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    15. 15. #3 Informed about the Product <ul><li>The best Product Owners know the product inside and out. </li></ul><ul><li>Be a subject matter expert on not only the product but also the market and beyond </li></ul><ul><li>Begin to learn the technical side of things </li></ul><ul><li>New to a product or team? No problem… utilize the team and others to grow your product knowledge! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    16. 16. #3 Informed about the Product <ul><li>Informed Product Owners value decisiveness over delegating. </li></ul><ul><li>Equipped with your product knowledge, give firm direction </li></ul><ul><li>“ The buck stops here.” </li></ul><ul><li>Quick decisions keep things moving </li></ul><ul><li>Have a prepared priority list of features always ready! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    17. 17. #4 Empowered through Humility <ul><li>The best Product Owners are empowered with executive decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>Show your empowered decision making through informed decisions (it takes time to grow trust!) </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready to be wrong, but learn through mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be command and control. No team likes a warlock in an ivory tower. </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    18. 18. #4 Empowered through Humility <ul><li>Empowered Product Owners value ownership over multi-level management. </li></ul><ul><li>Be a single point of contact for the team </li></ul><ul><li>Be a trusted resource for your team </li></ul><ul><li>It’s your baby after all! </li></ul><ul><li>Be explicit with the team about where your decision making has it’s boundaries and borders. </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    19. 19. #5 Prepared and Responsible <ul><li>The best Product Owners are always prepared and responsible. </li></ul><ul><li>Be diligent in your role. Study, learn, grow! </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to make decisions, your team needs it! </li></ul><ul><li>Take ownership for the outcome of the product </li></ul><ul><li>Development teams are fickle, they’ll go to the nearest “prepared” individual for better guidance if it’s not you! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    20. 20. #5 Prepared and Responsible <ul><li>Prepared Product Owners value single leadership over bureaucracy. </li></ul><ul><li>The team needs a single voice (you!) </li></ul><ul><li>You owe it to your team to be prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Build up a team’s trust in you through consistent feedback and communication! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    21. 21. #6 Communicative in Nature <ul><li>The best Product Owners are natural communicators. </li></ul><ul><li>Give undiluted concise direction to your team </li></ul><ul><li>Different teams understand differently, adjust your communication style if necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to speak ‘development’ language </li></ul><ul><li>Developers don’t respect/follow poor communicators. </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    22. 22. #6 Communicative in Nature <ul><li>Communicative Product Owners value verification over assumptions. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell the team what you want / light documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Have a conversation with us about acceptance criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Verify with us that we’ve met your requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with us about how to improve </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll tell you whether it’s easy/hard, cheap/expensive! </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready to verify completion of functionality! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    23. 23. #7 Agile and Flexible <ul><li>The best Product Owners are agile and flexible. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand that software development isn’t manufacturing – not a hardened process, fluid </li></ul><ul><li>Work collaboratively with a team when changes need to be made or issues arise </li></ul><ul><li>Your ability to handle a changing environment shows developers your ability to lead. </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    24. 24. #7 Agile and Flexible <ul><li>Agile and flexible Product Owners value flexibility over stubbornness. </li></ul><ul><li>Have options. Be prepared to course correct </li></ul><ul><li>Nobody wants to work for a donkey </li></ul><ul><li>Have a backlog of prioritized and sorted features you can pick from when changes occur! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    25. 25. #8 Knowledgeable about History <ul><li>The best Product Owners are crafted through time. </li></ul><ul><li>A deep understanding of your particular product lifecycle </li></ul><ul><li>Seen successes and failures </li></ul><ul><li>While you may not have had 10+ years of experience, continue to learn from your experiences! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    26. 26. #8 Knowledgeable about History <ul><li>Knowledgeable Product Owners value experience over tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay up to date with the latest technology, but don’t let tools override good judgment and historical precedents </li></ul><ul><li>Study Product Management </li></ul><ul><li>Take time out of your busy schedule to learn. Grow your craft! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    27. 27. #9 Sharing Success <ul><li>The best Product Owners share success and celebrate wins. </li></ul><ul><li>We succeed and fail as a team </li></ul><ul><li>Provide positive feedback to your team </li></ul><ul><li>Be tactful about communicating negativity </li></ul><ul><li>Developers hate to lose just as much as you do. Don’ t burn them out. Celebrate the wins even if they are few! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    28. 28. #9 Sharing Success <ul><li>Successful Product Owners value team success over personal success. </li></ul><ul><li>You are only as good as your team </li></ul><ul><li>Helping your team succeed is your success </li></ul><ul><li>Take time to celebrate wins. The more often the better. Go out. Celebrate! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    29. 29. #10 Fun and Reasonable <ul><li>The best Product Owners are fun. Period. </li></ul><ul><li>Serious people need not apply here… </li></ul><ul><li>There are tough times, we understand… </li></ul><ul><li>But nobody wants to be led by a humorless individual. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring life back into your team and product development through fun activities, games, outings! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    30. 30. #10 Fun and Reasonable <ul><li>Fun Product Owners value team dynamics over individualism. </li></ul><ul><li>Teams that have fun together work well together </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the people on your team. Know their names! </li></ul><ul><li>Study up on some fun games. Do one with you team sooner rather than later! </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    31. 31. FINAL WORDS <ul><li>Product Ownership is… </li></ul><ul><li>A big role. </li></ul><ul><li>A valuable role. </li></ul><ul><li>A team-centric role. </li></ul><ul><li>A fun role. </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington
    32. 32. Thanks Again! <ul><li>Peter Saddington, CSM CSP </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise Agile Coach </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>@agilescout (Twitter) </li></ul>Thinqube Network, Inc. © 2011 Peter Saddington