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The Chicago Agile Methodology Group Message Board › Characteristics of Effective (& Ineffecive) Product Owners

Characteristics of Effective (& Ineffecive) Product Owners

David B.
DBabicz
Group Organizer
Chicago, IL
Post #: 6
Starting this thread to capture and continue the discussions from our April Meetup.
Justin F.
jrfalk
Chicago, IL
Post #: 1
Thanks David. Here is the link I promised I'd share about the "mythical product owner"
http://blog.xebia.com...­
Ask yourself, which one do you closest resemble? Or which description fit you before transitioning to Agile? Then make sure you aren't engaging in these pitfalls.

Also here are some anti-patterns http://www.scrumallia...­
The organization also needs to support the product owner correctly. From the above article

"Some common examples of organizational impediments include:

Deficient product owners. There are several variations on this theme.
No one is willing to take on the responsibilities of the product owner role at the organization.
A product owner is identified that does not have enough time to fulfill the demands of the PO role effectively.
The product owner providing product direction is not directly responsible for the profit and loss or ROI of the product.
The product owner passes the buck to the team by forcing improper decisions regarding risk."

Here is a document of more pitfalls, http://www.agileadvic...­

This last link lists more responsibilities than it does characteristics of a good product owner, however it does beg the question brought up in the "Mythical Product Owner" is all of this impossible? Should more support be given around the PO? POs are very important people (VIPs), and good POs can be very rare to come across.
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