Product Owner Super Powers


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Product Owners need Super Powers to unlock the creative potential to innovate in the context of their organisation. The #PoDojo is the place to get your level up.

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Product Owner Super Powers

  1. Product Owner Stefan Haas MIX-IT Lyon 2014
  2. Daydreaming? Feedback? Share what you think: #PoDojo @podojo @haaslab
  3. How far is the distance between Product Owner and Customer in your organization?
  4. • Where do the ideas come from? • What is the problem? • Who is the customer? • What do they need? • Why Why Why Why Why … Customer
  5. Design Thinking Divergent Convergent Creative, team based approach to finding innovative solutions to peoples problems Iterations/Phases
  7. Where do new ideas in your organization 
 come from?
  8. • Intuition, creativity and critical thinking • Empathy: get into your customers head • Get an outside view • Work visual, think with your hands • Experiment and collaborate as a team • Prototype on all levels of exploration
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  11. When pivoting beware of the J-Curve
  13. How do you know you are creating value for your customers?
  14. • Become passionate about a problem - not a solution • Go outside of the building • Challenge your assumptions • Beware of narcism and ego fooling you • Curiosity and Focus
  15. Product Team
  16. 30 Agile and lean approaches of making products increase Complexity 
 here To match complexity there
  17. Teams are complex adaptive systems
  18. Teams happen
  19. Team == Product
  20. Products happen
  21. For a finite-size system to persist in time (to live), it must evolve in such a way that it provides easier access to the imposed currents that flow through it. CONSTRUCTAL LAW Adrian Bejan, 1996
  22. The constructal law is a first principle of physics that accounts for all design and evolution in nature. It holds that shape and structure arises to facilitate flow. The designs that arise spontaneously in nature reflect this tendency: they allow entities to flow more easily – to measurably move more current farther and faster for less unit of useful energy consumed.
  24. How do you help your team to keep focus?
  25. • Frame the problem • Pitch and co-create a shared vision • Servant leadership and line of respect • Address complexity w/ complexity • Shorten feedback cycles
  26. Organisation
  27. Most Product Owners live not in Startups but in “permanent organisations designed to execute a repeatable, scalable business model …”
  28. How much does the “repeatable, scalable business model” depend on delivering something NEW to the customers?
  29. “Corporations that want to build continuous innovation realize that innovation happens not by exception but as integral to all parts of the corporation.” Steve Blank, March 2014
  30. I couldn’t even get my own teenage daughter to look at Google+ twice, “social isn’t a product,” she told me after I gave her a demo, “social is people and the people are on Facebook.” James Whittaker, 2012
  31. Google may be too serious a company for the social trivia of Facebook Steve Denning, 2011
  32. Get Upstairs in the Building. Steve Blank, March 2014
  33. Become a culture hacker: @bizculturehacks
  34. Charlie  Todd:  The  shared  experience  of  absurdity,  TED,  2011,
  35. @podojo @haaslab