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The product owner represents the stakeholders and is the voice of the customer. He or she is accountable for ensuring that the team delivers value to the business.

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How should we handle a 10-15 minute time-limited bug on a Scrumban board?

During planning, our Product Owner introduced a bug to the Developers and said, "Let's take this bug and see if we can fix it quickly. Otherwise, let's put it back on the backlog." I have ...
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How should the Product Owner preserve the Agile/Scrum process when faced with top down corporate pressure?

I am a Product Owner / Scrum Master at a small company, my team consists of 4 developers + 1 QA engineer. As a team we handle 2 separate products with some shared products between them. My team has ...
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How to Handle Competing Products or Offerings within the Same Company that Interferes with My Product Metrics?

Context I am myself working as a machine learning engineer within a small team, without any product/project manager. So the idea is, I was supposed to deploy some machine learning models which enhance ...
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Best practices for collating and analysing client feedback from multiple departments

What is an effective way to collate and analyse validation feedback for new products from our clients. In our organisation, validation feedback is gathered by team members from various departments, ...
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Can a Product owner be a solution architect or a technical product owner to have a say in technical decisions?

Currently, I'm a Senior Solution Architect within a Agile organization (transitioning from waterfall to Agile to SAFe practices) and I'm filling a product owner role for the interim. I'm wearing both ...
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How to lead as product owner when developer reach out directly to business experts and stakeholders?

My product will be very technical. I cannot answer nor understand fully the business requirements, are they are complex mix of finance logic, actuarial mathematics, legacy software architecture etc. ...
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Can we add user stories in the middle of an Iteration, and what is the likely impact of doing so?

Development of planned user stories is complete. Testing is pending as a part of our Definition of Done (DoD). Can the Product Owner still accept new user stories for the Iteration? What are the ...
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What should my Product Owner do with Poor IT Management?

I am a data engineer, but my question pertains to my curiosity as to what my product owner should do in this case. I'm working on a team which I have recently found out has a high turnover rate and ...
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Is the Product Owner part of the Scrum Team in SAFe?

I've understood the Scrum Team to be one cohesive team consisting of three responsibility domains: Development team Product Owner Scrum Master Collectively, we all seek to refine/define and ...
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Is it a good practice to use a name for a company if that name already occurs in a couple of other domain names? [closed]

Not sure if this is a proper community to post this question, if not, please recommend me one. I had a name in my mind (let's call it <the_name_i_like>) for my website and company, so I ...
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How to empower the team to extract technical requirements before starting development?

As a nontechnical product owner how can I help my ML team to see steps ahead for their technical tasks? the problem I'm facing is that the needed requirements of these technical tasks gets clear in ...
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How to write DOD (definition of done) or definition of ready for ML tasks?

As a non technical product owner I realized so far that the nature of ML tasks is a bit different than front or backend tasks. I've been struggling to write a definition of done for ML tasks. so far ...
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Challenges of switching an established external dev team [closed]

Context This is related to a question I asked regarding the challenges of a small company working with an external dev team which had some great feedback. For context, I am a PO of a small company in ...
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Challenges of a small company working with an external dev team from another country

I am a PO at a small company in the UK who are in the early days of SaaS development (using Agile Scrum). It was recommended that we use the external dev team which we have now instructed. This team ...
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Who is responsible for ensuring that the Product Owners are professional and understand how to do their job well?

I've seen many bad patterns appearing over the years, one is converting Project Managers into Product Owners. In my current org Scrum Masters are not involved in the recruiting of Product Owners, ...
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Can a software development agency provide product manager's services?

TL;DR: can an agency (i.e. the supplier) effectively provide the role and services of a product manager to their clients? Short story long :) We are a mobile app development agency in central Europe ...
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Who speaks to the client when there are some errors in the documentation that the client delivered?

We have a web development project with a client. This project has plenty of formulas and documents (around 100 formulas per block, and 5 blocks for the whole project. The Product Owner created a ...
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Collaboration of product owner and team

How often do the product owner and the team leader/manager typically meet for discussing the product and the vision as well as the roadmap? Additionally are the skills that each member of the team ...
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Developer -> Product Owner - what skills should focus on in order to make the job transition?

In order to change career from a developer to product owner, what do you think should be the focus on. The developer is a technical person and should make a transition to a customer oriented person/...
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How do you as product owner decide that a product is feasible?

You as a product owner just got an idea from a stakeholder and need to decide if it's feasible? What steps should you follow in order to make sure the product is not going to be a total fail? Note: ...
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two key stakeholders - room for one item into sprint

What is the best approach when two key stakeholders ask for 2 separate items and the team has room for just one item into the next sprint?
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Sprint planning estimations and who is involved

In the past but only in 1 team, during the sprint planning, the product owner provided also an estimation for the story discussed, not so much as to use that estimation instead of the developers, but ...
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Review of sprint board during the sprint session?

What is the name of the session that the scrum master and PO during the sprint review the sprint board to see and the progress, update the status of the tickets and sometimes include some team members ...
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How to deal with ineffective Product Backlog refinement?

We are following Scrum but our Product Backlog refinement meetings are not successful at all. The Product Owner (PO) presents a story and there are so many open questions and loose ends that we never ...
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How to handle requirements with an unclear scope containing words «all», «everywhere», etc.?

Let's say, customer or product owner creates a task that looks like this: Change localization Old term to New term in all places in the app for language X. And development team needs to provide an ...
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Should the fixing of misunderstood user stories be treated like new user stories or like bugs?

A developer in my Team misunderstood a user story and built it in a way that they thought was appropriate. However, the Product Owner had something a bit different in mind. For some reason, we did not ...
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Is it the product owner's responsibility to provide requirements around data mapping/transformation?

I'm a full stack software engineer. I have worked at many companies ranging from fortune 100 companies to startups and this issue is something i have heard different points of view on. This is the ...
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What is the Product Owner's role/responsibility in a proof of concept with an external vendor?

The team is conducting a proof of concept related to checking the capabilities of an external software solution to be added/integrated into our platform. Of course, the PO needs to have all Epics and ...
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How to split responsibility of a product page?

In our organisation, the responsibility is divided based on modules. Let's take an example of an auto portal product page where the product page consists of many different modules owned by different ...
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Usable or usefull increments in Scrum?

Two-week Product Increment can be usable, but not very usefull. So does PO need to attend every Sprint Demo? Let's say that a feature is mostly related to adding a new function to a backend. We need a ...
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Where does Product Management stop and UX start?

I'm working on the case study for a PO interview and trying to do my best interpreting the instructions. I'll be coming up with an updated user journey for part of their subscription process; I'm free ...
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In scrum 2020: The Product Owner can delegate some responsibilities to the Scrum Master?

The Scrum Guide says the following: The Product Owner is also accountable for effective Product Backlog management, which includes: - Developing and explicitly communicating the Product Goal; - ...
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Showing the benefit of Product Goals and Sprint Goals?

I have 2 questions. If we are using Scrum, is it really Scrum if a Product Goal and a Sprint Goal does not exist? My current situation is that I inherited a project with no project charter or ...
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In Scrum 2020: Who creates the Product goal?

As by the Scrum Guide, The Product Owner is accountable for Developing and explicitly communicating the Product Goal. The Scrum guide says, who develop the Product goal, bui I want to know who creates ...
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ex-Development manager as a Product Owner

In a new team, an ex-development manager, who's been in that position for many years, opted in as the team's Product Owner. The team has decided to do Scrum. The PO's Agile mentality is certainly ...
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Can each Product have its own P&L?

It's often said that a Product Owner is a mini-CEO. Let's say we are talking about a company that is developing a large, complex product. In this case there're usually more that one Product Owner, ...
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What does a Product Owner do if they disagree with the CEO's direction on product strategy?

What can, and should, a Product Owner / Product Manager do if the CEO has mandated that the team builds something which the Product Owner feels is not in the best interests of the customer? Aside from ...
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Is it SM or PO role to update team on requests from outside stakeholders, such as SW upgrades?

Collaboration can happen outside the Scrum Team from other stakeholders when there is a special work request to be relayed down to the Scrum Team. In other words, a Scrum Team does not live in a ...
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Should the Product Owner be from our organization or the company we are contracting with?

We're a governmental organization and we're contracting with software companies to implement our projects. We're adapting the Scrum framework. Question: Should the Product Owner be from our ...
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Help - Technical team does not want to work in agile way

I am a Product Owner on a Scrum Team whose developers do not want to embrace work in an agile, incremental fashion. Simple example: the customer currently has to contact us to create users each time ...
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Storyboarding and Product Owner's role

If I understand this through my past 5-6 years of Agile Scrum: Product Owner is responsible for a regulated Product Backlog, and delivering user stories to businesses. To realise the product vision, ...
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What data am I missing to get from a MVP development company?

Our company wants to outsource the developing of MVP. Since it is my first project as a product manager, I am expecting 1- story map 2- ERD 3- Technical specifications i.e. language, database, DevOps &...
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My team has grown to be 16+ people, how can I better structure it?

I am the Product Owner for a team which is now 16 people. We've grown a lot over the past month from 12. The tasks on the team range from pure software development, to integration, to analysis. We ...
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Conflict between priorities and skillsets in the backlog

So we have a very diligent PO who does a good job of prioritising the User Stories in the backlog when it comes to planning. Much of the work is highly specialised though, and - as well as being Scrum ...
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What does it mean for a product manager to do A/B testing?

I work as a project manager, not a product manager. I have an understanding of what A/B testing is, but I'd like to know what do you do as a product manager to perform an A/B test. Does it include ...
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How to manage a failed sub team inside a scrum team

Our scrum squad consist with three teams (Back-End, Front-End, QA). Each team expertised in their own set of technological stack and of their own code bases (repositories). I'm aware that cohesive ...
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Technical product owner does it really exist?

I am considered a technical product owner however, looking at the amount of times my "user stories" and requirements get pushback from my Architect I am wondering whether being a technical ...
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How can I resolve a huge backlog of over 1,000 man-days without blocking new change requests?

Context As new and junior product owner have to deal with a backlog made now of 33 changes and and effort of 1000 man-days - mind that I act as product owner, but I am not in IT department and I have ...
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Who does a product owner typically report to?

I'm trying to understand better how scrum teams fit into actual organizations. I understand that Scrum is only concerned with the structure of the scrum team - I'm just looking for some examples here ...
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How to motivate a team when you have nothing to offer but equity?

I recently got into the whole startup scene, and I was hired as CTO for an early-stage startup. I've got a fair bit of engineering experience, but when it comes to management, I'd definitely be in the ...
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