Agile Product Ownership: Do the Right Things, Not Everything- Ellen Gottesdiener

Agile Connexions
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Red Badger

4th Floor 2 Old Street Yard EC1Y 8AF · London

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A short walk from Old Street Station, next to Mallow and Featherstone street

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Agile product owners feel the need to be in all places, all the time, with all people. To succeed, they need to be inventive, yet intensely focused; collaborative, yet decisive; far-sighted, yet detail-oriented. The best product owners are strategic—envisioning the product, communicating upstream with business executives, researching the market, and continually planning for delivery of high-value product options. Yet at the same time, they are also tactical—communicating downstream with the delivery team, running product demos, and discussing technical considerations.

Talk about a role that requires excellent balance and effective collaboration!

The good news is that it is possible to lighten your load and strengthen your product ecosystem so that you can make space for the right things amidst the clutter of everything. The key is to collaboratively examine the work of product ownership.

This workshop will identify the responsibilities and disciplines involved in the product owner role. We’ll explore the strategic and tactical work of agile product ownership, examine decision-making rules apply to the work of product ownership, and then use a fast-paced game to determine the level of delegation that is appropriate for product ownership work.

Whether you are a product owner, agile coach, or team member, this workshop will provide you with activities you can bring back to your product community to start improving your work processes right away. You’ll leave with new perspectives on ways you can eliminate unnecessary work and strengthen your support system so that you can concentrate on the right things to do instead of trying to do everything.

Learning Outcomes:
Identify the strategic and tactical work involved in product ownership

• Appreciate the value of transparent decision making

• Understand when and how agile team members can collaboratively support product owners

• Consider what product owner activities can be delegated, when, and to whom

About the Speaker:

Ellen Gottesdiener is an Agile Product Coach and CEO of EBG Consulting, focused on helping product and development communities create valuable outcomes through product agility. Ellen is known in the agile community as an instigator and innovator for collaborative practices for agile product discovery and using skilled facilitation to enable healthy teamwork and strong organizations.

She is an author of three books on product discovery and requirements, frequent speaker, and works with clients globally. In her spare time, she is Co-Producer of Boston’s Agile Product Open community and Director of Agile Alliance’s Agile Product Management initiative. You can connect digitally with Ellen via her Blog ( | Twitter ( | Newsletter ( | LinkedIn (

Ellen will be teaching a 2 day workshop in London on the 11-12 Sept:

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