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20 Tips for Product Owners
„2014 New Year‘s Edition“

Björn Schotte // @BjoernSchotte // bjoern.schotte@mayflower.de
MAYFL...
Have a compelling
Agile Product
Vision
Link: http://www.romanpichler.com/blog/product-vision/the-product-vision-board/
Define your
Personas in a
„good enough“ way
Link: http://www.romanpichler.com/blog/agile-product-innovation/persona-templa...
Use Story Mapping
for visualizing and defining Most
Important Stories

Link: http://leanagilechange.com/leanagilewiki/inde...
Learn to say
„NO“
Invest in
Continuous Delivery
(and release often)
Link: http://puppetlabs.com/blog/continuous-delivery-vs-continuous-deplo...
Build KANO user
surveys
right into the software
Link: http://www.mindtheproduct.com/2013/07/using-the-kano-model-to-priori...
Test the business
value of a story by
hypotheses
(and throw them away if they don‘t succeed)
Use Lean Startup
philosophy
even if you‘re Corporate
Link: http://theleanstartup.com/
Regularly predict
release with
Product Burndown
Chart
Link: http://www.sw-engineering-candies.com/blog-1/howtouseproduct-b...
Never ever use
Velocity as a KPI for
rewarding/punishing
the team
Trust the team
(and give them slack time to create
new things)
Groom the backlog
with the team
(at least weekly)
Link: http://guide.agilealliance.org/guide/backlog-grooming.html
The higher the quality
of a User Story, the
better the estimation
(but don‘t over-spec!)
Integrate UX/Design

the Agile Way
Commit yourself
to retrospectives
with the team
Link: http://pragprog.com/book/dlret/agile-retrospectives
Let the team speak
with customers
directly
(less bugs in the software, higher quality)
Use Personal Kanban
to organize yourself
(or try GTD)

Link: http://www.personalkanban.com/pk/
use NPS to get regular
feedback from
stakeholders and
customers
(and care for the passives and promoters)
Link: http://www...
Invest in removing
technical debt
(better quality, less bugs in the future)
Throw a party
for your team!
Have
suggestions?
@BjoernSchotte
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Are you an agile Product Owner? Here are 20 tips for improving your work and the product.

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  1. 1. 20 Tips for Product Owners „2014 New Year‘s Edition“ Björn Schotte // @BjoernSchotte // bjoern.schotte@mayflower.de MAYFLOWER GmbH http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.de
  2. 2. Have a compelling Agile Product Vision Link: http://www.romanpichler.com/blog/product-vision/the-product-vision-board/
  3. 3. Define your Personas in a „good enough“ way Link: http://www.romanpichler.com/blog/agile-product-innovation/persona-template-for-agile-productmanagement/
  4. 4. Use Story Mapping for visualizing and defining Most Important Stories Link: http://leanagilechange.com/leanagilewiki/index.php?title=Story_Mapping
  5. 5. Learn to say „NO“
  6. 6. Invest in Continuous Delivery (and release often) Link: http://puppetlabs.com/blog/continuous-delivery-vs-continuous-deployment-whats-diff
  7. 7. Build KANO user surveys right into the software Link: http://www.mindtheproduct.com/2013/07/using-the-kano-model-to-prioritize-product-development/
  8. 8. Test the business value of a story by hypotheses (and throw them away if they don‘t succeed)
  9. 9. Use Lean Startup philosophy even if you‘re Corporate Link: http://theleanstartup.com/
  10. 10. Regularly predict release with Product Burndown Chart Link: http://www.sw-engineering-candies.com/blog-1/howtouseproduct-burndown-chartsandsprint-burndownchartsnotonlyinscrumprojects
  11. 11. Never ever use Velocity as a KPI for rewarding/punishing the team
  12. 12. Trust the team (and give them slack time to create new things)
  13. 13. Groom the backlog with the team (at least weekly) Link: http://guide.agilealliance.org/guide/backlog-grooming.html
  14. 14. The higher the quality of a User Story, the better the estimation (but don‘t over-spec!)
  15. 15. Integrate UX/Design the Agile Way
  16. 16. Commit yourself to retrospectives with the team Link: http://pragprog.com/book/dlret/agile-retrospectives
  17. 17. Let the team speak with customers directly (less bugs in the software, higher quality)
  18. 18. Use Personal Kanban to organize yourself (or try GTD) Link: http://www.personalkanban.com/pk/
  19. 19. use NPS to get regular feedback from stakeholders and customers (and care for the passives and promoters) Link: http://www.netpromotersystem.com/book/index.aspx
  20. 20. Invest in removing technical debt (better quality, less bugs in the future)
  21. 21. Throw a party for your team!
  22. 22. Have suggestions? @BjoernSchotte

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