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The East Bay Ruby Meetup Group Message Board › Are devs the new product owners? Opinions?

Are devs the new product owners? Opinions?

A former member
Post #: 34
Came across this by Githubber and all round ace guy Tim Berglund about Agile and it's orthodoxy. Some revolutionary company's devs are creating tools and implementing actions themselves rather than waiting for the product and marketplace experts to decide the next move for them.

'Dispensing with the product owner creates an entirely new organizational tenor: one in which everyone is encouraged to master the business's domain, to organize their work in autonomous ways, and to take ownership of the purpose for which the organization exists'

What do you think?
A former member
Post #: 11
The problem with devs as product owners is that (corporate, especially big-company) devs don't necessarily know their audience well, and have limited incentive to learn.

This works pretty well in a tiny company where the dev's income is very directly tied to how well they know the customer and they have to literally answer customer email and phone calls.

It doesn't work very well when the dev doesn't directly talk to customers at least several times a week. In big companies, that's basically never.
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