Agile Product Owner Workshop

​The Scrum Product Owner is an Agile project’s key stakeholder.

Part of the product owner responsibilities is to have a vision of what he or she wishes to build, and communicate that vision to the scrum team.


Many organizations new to the Agile method make the mistake of assuming that the key role is the Scrum Master, so they assign one of their current project managers to that role.

What this means is that the project will lack direction and probably fail to deliver a satisfactory product to the users.

The Scrum Product Owner is actually an Agile project’s key stakeholder. Part of the product owner responsibilities is to have a vision of what he or she wishes to build, and communicate that vision to the scrum team. This is the key to successfully starting and leading any agile software development project.

For Agile projects to deliver the right product to the customer and the end users, a strong and empowered Product Owner is a primary requirement.

Goals

  • Introduce the Agile development approach’s principles and practices.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the Product Owner.
  • Explore how the Agile approach to product development can deliver better value, less risk and in less time than the more traditional project management approach (AKA Waterfall).

 

Core Concepts

Introduction to Agile• Reason for a “new” project management approach
• Comparison of “Waterfall” and Agile approaches
• Benefits of the Agile approach
→ How “product” is delivered
→ Risk reduction
→ Faster TTM, and other benefits
• The “Agile Mindset”
• History of Agile
• Timing and Phases - Sequential vs. Overlapping
The Agile Framework• Time-boxes and Sprints
• Scrum Events
• Scrum Artifacts (Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog)
• Scrum Team (Product Owner, Development Team, Scrum Master)
Discussion:
• How to implement Agile in the company.
• Possible Issues and Obstacles
• Expected Benefits and Advantages
Product Owner SimulationAgenda:
• Product Vision
• Product Users
• Business Value
• Product Backlog Items
• Estimation
Product Vision• What makes a great Product Vision?
• The function of the Product Vision in Agile
• Product Vision – Relationships & Uses
• Vision Statement (AKA Elevator Pitch)
Product Users• User Categories and Roles
• Identifying Users
• Creating a User Persona
Business Value• Business Value
• Value Metrics
• Good and Bad Metrics of Value
Product Backlog Items• Creating Product Backlog Items
• What are User Stories?
• Writing Good User Stories
• Creating User Stories
Estimation• User Story – Estimating Value
• User Story – Estimating Effort
• Effort, Value and ROI
• How to Prioritize the Product Backlog using Value / Effort Matrix
• Guessing ROI and Prioritizing User Stories
• Sprint Backlog Selection…

 

Real Business Results

  • Compare and contrast the Agile approach with traditional waterfall project management.
  • Apply Agile practices to specific product development situations.
  • Enable a team to use the Scrum method to deliver great products and continuously improve their quality.
  • Describe how the Scrum Framework is based on empirical (experimentation) processes.
  • Understand and be able to take on the Product Owner role.

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