Agile Dev West 2018 Concurrent Session : Product Owners in Agile: The Really Hard Role


Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Product Owners in Agile: The Really Hard Role

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The Scrum product owner role has been defined since Scrum surfaced in 1993. After twenty-five years, you’d think we’d have a full understanding of the role and be able to execute it flawlessly. Well, Thomas Cagley has some good news and bad news to share. The bad news is that he continues to see organizations struggle with getting the balance of the role right. The good news is that he can help. In this session, Thomas will explore common antipatterns that must be avoided, including the proxy product owners who lack the empowerment, skill, or time to properly do the job; product owners who aren’t trusted; product owners who are too externally or internally focused; and product owners who lack the courage and skill to truly “own” their products. For each of these antipatterns, Thomas will explore a variety of techniques, approaches, and solutions to take your product ownership to the next level. Perhaps we finally can get the role of Scrum product owner right.

Thomas Cagley
Premios Group

Thomas Cagley has more than twenty years of experience in the software industry, serving as a consultant since 1997. He was previously the metrics practice manager at Software Productivity Research. Thomas is a frequent speaker at metrics, quality, and project management conferences. His areas of expertise encompass management experience in a wide variety of methods and metrics: lean software development, agile software development, quality integration, quality assurance, and the application of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration to achieve process improvements. He is a certified ScrumMaster, a certified Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant 4.0 (SPC4), holds an IT-CMF Professional Certificate, is an IT-CMF Tier 2 Associate, and is a TMMi Accredited Assessor. Thomas is an independent thinker, author, and podcaster—visit his Software Process and Measurement blog and his Software Process and Measurement Cast (SPAMCast) website.