The Essential Product Owner: Partnering with the Team

  • March 8, 2011 · 6:00 PM
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6:00 - 6:30pm - Testing Cross Site Request Forgery Vulnerabilities by Mark Merrill
6:30 - 6:50pm - Pizza Sponsored by iContact
6:50 - 7:00pm - Announcements
7:00 - 8:00pm - The Essential Product Owner: Partnering with the Team by Bob Galen
8:00 - 8:15pm - Q&A, Open networking (hard stop at 8:15pm)



Abstract: Have you ever had to test an entire web application for Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) vulnerabilities? Come see a pair of tools that take the pain out of CSRF testing.


Mark Merrill writes software for iContact. He really enjoys solving problems and creating things that simply and elegantly just work. Mark has many hobbies including sailing, autocrossing, and computer gaming.



Abstract: While the product owner (PO) role is arguably the most crucial role within agile teams, we often hear horror stories about POs who aren’t available to their teams, change their minds incessantly on business priorities, or ignore quality requirements and technical debt. Even the best POs struggle to meet the demands of their “regular business-focused job” while providing sufficient team guidance. Bob Galen shares real-world situations where he’s observed product owners who deliver truly balanced value for their business stakeholders. Find out how story mapping and release planning set the stage for effective team workflow by establishing a big picture product view for everyone to see. Explore ways to develop shared goals—at both the iteration and release levels—to cement the partnership between the product owner and the rest of the team. Learn from Bob how to set up a tempo of regular, focused backlog grooming sessions to enable the team and the PO to prioritize well-nuanced and high-value backlogs. Leave with ideas for establishing an ecosystem where the PO and the entire team strive to continuously improve their performance.


Bob Galen is the director of R&D at iContact and president of RGCG, LLC., a North Carolina-based firm specializing in strategy development, coaching, and training teams making the shift to Scrum and other agile practices. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Master Practicing (CSP), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. In 2009, Bob published Scrum Product Ownership—Balancing Value from the Inside Out. You can reach Bob at [masked] or

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great speaker -- thought-provoking topic. Better than I expected from the topic.

    March 13, 2011

  • Jeff B.

    March 12, 2011

  • Gary R.

    Bob Galen did a fantastic job presenting agile from the product owner perspective, while stressing that it is a TEAM effort to groom the backlog, prioritize technical debt and stress quality goals. Great job!!!

    March 10, 2011

  • Jayaraj S.

    I have not worked in agile framework. But attending these seminars gives me a very good idea. Bob wa really interactive. Tech talk also was really good

    March 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent prez and discussions; tech talk could have been better. Thanks for the pizza iContact.

    March 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent presentation. I just wished I can get cooperation from my senior management about being a "well-behaved" Product Owner. Government politics tend to trump any rational management thinking...

    March 9, 2011

  • Manoj

    Great presentation from Bob.

    March 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought this was one of the more energetic ARTp meetings in a long time. Bob is always a good speaker and he touched on some topics near and dear to the audience.

    March 9, 2011

  • Jose S.

    Excellent presentations.

    March 9, 2011

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