Focusing on skills rather than titles, how do we avoid product manager/owner failure modes for revenue (commercial) software? And why do revenue software companies hire product managers, when agile development teams are looking for product owners?
SynerZip and AgileDFW sponsored this webinar:
– What is a product manager, and how does this map to Agile’s product owner role?
– Where do we find/how do we train such folks?
– What about distributed teams?
Basic product owner descriptions assume a best-case situation: clear sponsor/user alignment, obvious project value, willing subject experts, budget authority and rational expectations. What skills do product owners need for real world projects?
How do we reconcile the broad, market-focused scope of a technology product manager with the sprint-level attention to excellence of a product owner? In the first of three posts, I propose a customer diversity scale to identify how much “product-manager-ness” a product owner needs.
A discussion on how development and product management can work better together… I like to start such sessions with unfiltered comments from development managers about their (good and bad) experiences with product managers. Typically, these include more disappointment than elation, which gives us a chance to recap the critical parts of the product job that development teams don’t see. And how we can focus on building and shipping great products, rather than title or roles.
PMI’s Agile Community of Practice is one its largest subgroups, with more than 20,000 members. They are hosting a Sept 13th webinar with Rich Mironov on “Agile Product Management Essentials for Project Managers.” Registration requires PMI membership, session starts Noon PT.
The second video (of five) in Tolpagorni‘s product leadership series: Magnus Billgren and Rich Mironov talk about strategic product management challenges in agile organizations: the need for roadmaps, strong market input, and the increased (but very valuable!) additional work load for product managers. Recorded in March 2012 during Produktledardagen.
I was pleased to lead the discussion at the StartUP Product Talk on 16 May at Atlassian‘s SF offices, hosted by #ProdMgmtTalk‘s Cindy Solomon and Atlassian PM Nick Muldoon. About 45 people networked, ate pizza, and joined an energetic discussion.