Guess there's a Slim Shady in all of us…but the real slim shady - Product Owner role - today is mostly ignored and misunderstood across most organizations. This talk highlights the confusion and the need for recognizing the product owner role as a ‘first-class’ citizen across the industry.

 The session will help you take a closer look at your current product owner team, and compare with an ideal product owner role, and in the end suggest possible ways to align your product organization better. If you are already a product owner or managing a team of product owners, you need to join this conversation and pick and/or suggest some of your own remedies.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Current dynamics of a product owner role [5 minutes]
  • Future directions for the product owner role [5 minutes]
  • Describe the skill gaps observed in the product owner roles and possible remedies for improving the situation [10 minutes]
  • Summary and Call for Action to the Target audience [5 minutes]

Refer the accompanying slide share and the video below for an earlier rant, which talks about the ‘Product Manager Version 2.0’ aka. the “real slim shady” describing the ideal Product owner role, who is empowered and can take decisions, while communicating internally both with the teams and externally with customers and sponsors. Additional blog posts highlight the existing gaps, and the low trust relationship between the product owner and the technology team.

Learning Outcome

  • Introduction to Product owner role (basic since this is an intermediate level talk)
  • Who are the product owners today and who they really should be
  • What are the critical skills that product owners require to succeed in this role
  • Key Takeaways and Next Steps for Action in your organization !

As a session attendee, you will realize that the 'right' Product Owners are critical to be a "truly successful" Agile team; and hence be able to review the "current" product owner job descriptions in your organization versus the "ideal" skills expected. These learnings will immediately provide the team\yourself insights into understanding your existing product owners capabilities better, be able to identify the gaps, and align the team\yourself to leverage the strengths better and work on the improvement areas, in the end delivering superior business value as a combined force.

At a broader strategic level, you can immediately start to educate your hiring teams about the need for a well defined career path, training needs and recognition of the product owner role.

Target Audience

Hiring Managers, Agile Change Agents, Product Owner, Product Managers

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  • Jerry Rajamoney
    By Jerry Rajamoney  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Asheesh,

    I am not able to clearing map between the Outline & Learning Outcome. I am sure you will cover them but first hand look shows a gap. Can you please provide some connecting points?

    Thanks,

    • Asheesh Mehdiratta
      By Asheesh Mehdiratta  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi Jerry,

       

      Thanks for the feedback...some points may not be obvious, and I have updated the same now. Let me know if this helps and clarifies the connection points for you now.

       

      Updates in the Outline - 

      Original - Winds of change, detailing the path(s) to glory

      Updated - Describe the skill gaps observed in the product owner roles and possible remedies for improving the situation

      Original - Closing remarks

      Updated - Summary and Call for Action to the Target audience

       

      Updates in the Learning Outcome -

      Original - How you can help to address these gaps to change the world !

      Updated - Key Takeaways and Next Steps for Action in your organization

       

      best,

      Asheesh

  • Joel Tosi
    By Joel Tosi  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Asheesh,

        What would be one takeaway attendees to your talk would be able to use the following week at work?

    Best,

    Joel

    • Asheesh Mehdiratta
      By Asheesh Mehdiratta  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi Joel,

      As a session attendee, you will realize that the 'right' Product Owners are critical to be a "truly successful" Agile team; and hence be able to review the "current" product owner job descriptions in your organization versus the "ideal" skills expected. These learnings will immediatley provide the attendee insights into understanding your existing product owners capabilities better, be able to identify the gaps, and align the team to leverage the product owner strengths better and work with the improvement areas, in the end delivering superior business value as a combined force.

      At a broader strategic level, you can immediatley start to educate your hiring teams about the need for a well defined career path, training needs and recognition of the product owner role.

      Thanks for asking this question, so that I could bring this out in the open (sometimes the pen just needs a nudge :-)

      best,

      Asheesh

       

  • Sonik Chopra
    By Sonik Chopra  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Ashessh

    Nice topic. Are you covering any real experiences with different products during this presentation?

     

    Regards

    Sonik Chopra

    • Asheesh Mehdiratta
      By Asheesh Mehdiratta  ~  2 years ago
      reply Reply

      Hi Sonik,

      Yes the talk will include my 'real world' experiences with Product owner(s), and observations consolidated.

      best, Asheesh


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