Category Archive: Product owner

Oct 08

Velocity is not for you

A while ago someone told me they let their product owners participate in estimations. And I don’t mean watch how the team estimates but really estimating stories. I’ve heard about non-programming scrum master, projectmanagers, salespeople and architects who decided their input is fundamental for getting estimations correct, but product owners were new to me. And …

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Oct 01

Challenge intellectually

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Challenge your team intellectually or they will challenge themselves in ways you wouldn’t have chosen. Don Wells wrote about this on his blog a couple of years ago. I stumbled upon this proverb and liked it. But I got some questions that made me have to explain why. As a product owner it is important …

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Sep 18

Technical userstories: pick a side

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In almost every project that I know of the question emerges what to do with technical user stories. At first I was inclined to just say that there is no such thing as a technical user story and that all stories on the product backlog and scrum board should be functional. Even though something can …

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Jul 30

Mind the gap

A while ago I was asked by people at a company I was working for to come up with a clear overview of the responsibilities of the various scrum roles. Who does what and where does their involvement start and/or end? My first answer was that everybody is supposed to be involved and should work …

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Jul 02

The hell with the Product Owner!

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Last weekend I watched a rugby game on television for the first time in my life. I don’t normally watch much sports but I think that I watched it for a while because the teams were forming a scrum. This is an image we use for our presentations about the Scrum framework a lot. It’s …

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Jun 26

Velocity is not the goal

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There is a story. It’s s story about an answer. The ultimate answer to everything! The answer to the question of life, the universe and everything else. The outcome of that particular question is forty-two. For those of you who know this story by Douglas Adams, you can probably recognize the search by humanity for …

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Jun 01

The toughest mudder of them all

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It came to my attention, or better said, I came to the conclusion that being a product owner in scrum is a very tough job. From one side you have to be able to deal with stakeholders and business. And on the other side you have to try to get the team build stuff that …

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Mar 07

A review to a kill

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At the end of every sprint there is something that is known a the review. It is a moment to look at what has been done by the teams. Only often it is used in a way it is not meant to be or it is not used at all. It is so simple but often …

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Dec 12

Stakes are high

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Volgens oude Engelse wetgeving is een stakeholder een persoon of partij die iets van waarde of gelden vasthoudt tot de rechtmatige eigenaar het opeist. Bijvoorbeeld tijdens een weddenschap of totdat er een gerechtelijke uitspraak was werden de gelden aan een onpartijdige stakeholder in beheer gegeven tot de zekerheid van de uitkomst bekend was en het …

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