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Product Owner vs. Product Manager Exploration

Regardless of which role or title you may have, you should have at least a basic understanding of the Product Owner vs. Product Manager comparison; similarities, differences, and overlap. Why? In our recent Product Management Team Survey we found that in companies doing Agile development, 70% indicated that the Product Manager is also the Product Owner. If you don’t have a good understanding of both roles (whether you are doing both or just interacting with someone doing one of them)…[continue reading]

Agile not a business process

Agile is Not a Business Process

Agile is a Development Practice, Product Management is a Business Practice Agile software development has transformed how we approach software product development, and has delivered some enormous benefits for efficiently delivering software products to the market. This has all been good, but in the process of improving our approaches to software development, Agile has created a lot of confusion for Product Management, resulting in some dangerous and damaging interpretations of what Product Management means. Where does the confusion come from?…[continue reading]

People Skills for Product Owners

Essential People Skills for Product Owners

People Skills for Product Owners vs. Product Managers Teach Product Owners people skills? This will be easy, I thought; and then after a frustrating few hours I realized that they were tackling the issue from a different perspective. I know that most Product Managers and Product Owners work closely with engineers and development groups. As part of that work, they need to be able to influence these teams. Then why do their approaches towards their teams need to be different?…[continue reading]

Agile Product Management Changes

Agile Product Management Changes: How it Affects Your Day-to-Day Job

Agile Product Management Changes are Commonplace If you are a product manager currently working in an Agile software engineering environment, this post is for you. If you are a product manager current working in a Waterfall environment, but which will be changing over to Agile development, then this post is for you, too. With either engineering process, if you want to manage your product strategically, this post is for you. Background Let’s imagine that one day you’re having coffee with…[continue reading]

Product Owner Influence

What Everyone Should Know About Product Owner Influence

Product Owner influence is often more important than any formal authority. Product Managers often joke that they have all the responsibility but no authority. Therefore, successful Product Managers learn to lead through influence. The creators of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, had the foresight to grant special powers to the Product Owner so they would not suffer a similar fate as the Product Manager. In Scrum, the Product Owner has explicit authority to prioritize the product backlog and thus…[continue reading]

Agile Release Planning businessman holding a pyramid

Agile Release Planning: Have a Goal or You Won’t Reach It

Agile Release Planning is Often Overlooked Most of the Scrum and Agile training I have experienced focuses on processes and sprint rhythm of scrum, as their focus is on the development/engineering role. The focus is on the process of sprint planning, backlog grooming, the definitions of ready and done, daily standups, retrospectives and having the most productive team. The focus is often not on the overall goal with the customer benefit and business impact. The team is mired in the…[continue reading]

Agile Product Manager and Product Owner

Why You Must Earn the Agile Product Manager and Product Owner Certification

Agile Product Manager and Product Owner Background Over the past decade the trend of engineering teams using Agile development methodologies has continued to increase. In our recent Challenges in Product Management Survey and report, 71.3% of companies are using either Agile or a combination of Agile and other methodologies to develop products. Many teams use Scrum, Lean, XP or Kanban techniques in order to take advantage of the time-to-market and other benefits that they provide over traditional waterfall or phase-gate…[continue reading]