Pretty straight question, mainly because in my recent research I have found all sorts of sources which do not necessarily seem trust-worthy or centered.

In my particular case, I'm building a project team to handle business priorities end to end for one specific line of business. I find myself in an organization that has many elements that may respond better to a traditional PMO office, however upper management decided to call everyone a Product Owner and have proxy PO's, which render a workflow that ends up in nothing going live in less than 2 months (if lucky), and the products are not the full solution, so we still need to talk to several other teams to fill the missing gaps.

I'm not claiming this is precisely wrong, but because of this little example and my still short experience, I'm trying to provide my manager (the sponsor on this new project team) with sensible data to be able to decide, and I have found myself reading sources that condemn Proxy Product Owners while others just say it's a common solution for offshore teams.

It doesn't feel like such sources come from a centered perspective, but rather a way to defend their own perspective or trend.

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    Your title doesn't seem to match the text of your question. Could you clarify exactly what your question is.
    – nvogel
    Jun 16 at 8:20
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    Project Management doesn't have "serious" sources as in science (even though you can find scientific papers on PM). Any suggestions that you'll find no matter how widespread they are or how prestigious the source may seem will be just opinions. Jun 16 at 10:01
  • Addressing a narrowly-scoped problem would be on topic. However, search-type questions are always off topic on PMSE.
    – Todd A. Jacobs
    Jun 16 at 12:16
  • Hi! I'm not sure I understand the concept of a search-type question, and I couldn't find anything about it on the help section. Could someone elaborate a bit please? Also I find Stanislav's response like a valid one.
    – BlastDV
    Jun 17 at 2:28
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    @BlastDV: StanislavBashkyrtsev is mostly correct in his comment. Even if you do find sources which you consider "trust-worthy", that doesn't guarantee anything. Scrum for example is based on empiricism, i.e. some people's experiences. The PMBoK is the work of a collective, but a collective that shares the same view on things. And as a final example, do you consider the U.S. Department of Defense as a trust-worthy institution? Because they gave us the horror show that is Waterfall in IT.
    – Bogdan
    Jun 22 at 13:51