A friend of mine has come up with a great idea for a product.
He has gathered up a group of friends, who think the idea rocks, and is well on the way to convincing them(/us) to donate 16 hours/week of our time to make this dream a reality. While there is no money involved (yet) he would like to handle this as a proper commercial project.
He came to me and knowing that I have abit of project management experience, asked if I could be the PM for it.
He doesn't want to handle the management. while it was initially his dream and his charisma that is getting a team together, once it is underway, he just wants to do dev work.
However at the end of the day, He is still the 'Owner', still the guy to sign off on the finished product etc.
How is this going to play out?
- In all my experience the Product owner/sponsor has been well above the devs, and is generally extremely hands off. Often only getting updates monthly
What conflicts are likely
- Should I create a semiformal written social contact outlining various peoples responsibilities and rights for the development of the product?