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I want to be a Product Owner: The Hard Truths Revealed

BY Esther Kieft on November 10, 2020

Before the pandemic, many organisations had already chosen to go agile. The pandemic has however stress tested our agility (or ‘wagility’) with deep embedded, organisational processes and roles being challenged. Similarly organisations who resisted agile in the past are realising they need to be agile to survive and thrive both during and after the pandemic. […] Read more »

Marty Cagan on Empowering Teams, Discovery Challenges, Alignment, and More

BY Laura Phillips on October 1, 2020 for Prioritised Members

In the latest of our Prioritised AMAs, we were joined by Marty Cagan who took your questions on empowering teams, discovery challenges, Product Owners, transitioning from product role to a leadership role, and much more. If you missed it, you can watch the whole session again, or read on for a transcript* of selected questions […] Read more »

How to be a Successful Product Owner, by Ninon Laforce

BY Andres Phillips on August 17, 2020

In this ProductTank Toronto talk, Ninon Laforce, then of Bluecat, provides us with some of the key skills and techniques needed to become a product owner. Her key points include: What is a product owner Becoming a great product owner The responsibilities and challenges of a product owner What is a Product Owner A product owner addresses […] Read more »

The Lost art of Backlog Management

BY Nigel Farmer on July 16, 2020

Product management is still a young discipline, and the methods that we use are evolving all the time. Currently in the product community, topics such as product discovery, theme-based roadmaps and outcomes vs outputs are all very much in vogue, and rightly so. These are all helping to move our craft forward, and enabling teams […] Read more »

Why we Need to Rethink Product Management in an Agile Practice

BY Anthony Marter on June 4, 2020

Have you ever wondered why your Agile practice feels a bit uninspiring? Or why your engineers have become a bit jaded with all this Scrum stuff? Did you know that you might be the reason for this? Something that both fascinates and frustrates me is how the discussions about Agile have flipped from being embraced […] Read more »

How do you Introduce Product Management Into a Business?

BY Adam Knight on October 29, 2019

You’ve just accepted a job offer – to introduce a product management function into a company. What can you expect? Where do you start? And how do you bring everyone in the organisation with you in the most inclusive and respectful ways possible? Here’s my experience of doing just that. Firstly, not having dedicated product […] Read more »

Emotional Debt by Tomek Wlodarek

BY Adam Warburton on April 12, 2019

Everyone knows about technical debt. But we often stay silent about the emotional debt product managers can build up while building products they love. In this talk from #mtpengage Manchester, Tomek Wlodarek explores the topic of emotional debt, and what product managers can do to mitigate it. Being a product manager can be like riding […] Read more »

The Perks of Being a Generalist

BY James Whitman on December 6, 2018

I’m lucky enough to be able to say that I love what I do – but why? What is it that gets me up to go to work every day? Like many in our field, I fell into a product job somewhat by accident, but I count myself as very lucky to have done so. […] Read more »

Product Owner vs Product Manager: Worry About Outcomes not Titles

BY Rosemary King on May 17, 2018

Over the past year I’ve worked with hundreds of product managers in dozens of companies, and there’s been one question that has sounded like a persistent drum beat: “What is the difference between the role of a product owner and a product manager?”. When confronted with this question, I used to hesitate, because from company […] Read more »

Product Owner vs Product Manager

BY Dave West on December 21, 2016

As a Product Owner and the CEO of Scrum.org I was invited to speak at ProductTank NYC earlier this year about the conflict between the roles Product Owner and Product Manager. And how organizations need to consolidate on one overall decision maker for the product, and that person should be engaged with the delivery teams […] Read more »