Struggling with being Product Owner? You are not alone. Being a Product Owner in the Federal Government poses many challenges: certain processes need to be followed; a variety of stakeholders need to be informed at varying levels of detail; and the team is expected to deliver frequently and regularly, to name a few.

Mr. Barry Zukose, Product Owner of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Mobius application, together with Ms. Charise Arellano, contractor program manager, share lessons learned in discovering what it takes to be and support an effective Product Owner.

Drawing from real-life experiences on the Mobius program, Mr. Zukose and Ms. Arellano will walk through the top 5 things a Product Owner "should not" do, all while providing tactical tips to:

  • Prioritize the backlog effectively;
  • Scope efforts to achieve the minimum viable product (MVP); and
  • Support efficient product delivery
 
 

Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

Barry Zukose and Charise Arellano will co-present "The 5 Don'ts of Product Ownership. The talk will follow the outline below:

  1. Set the stage (5 mins)
    • Mr. Zukose and Ms. Arellano will introduce themselves and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Mobius program
  2. Present Theme 1: Conversation and the Customer (12 mins)
    • Mr. Zukose will speak to the importance of conversation, especially as it relates to balancing multiple stakeholder and user groups
    • Ms. Arellano will speak to the importance of conversation within the team
    • Mr. Zukose and Ms. Arellano will recap Theme 1 in the form of Don'ts
      • Don't sell short the power of simple conversation
      • Don't limit your idea of who the customer is
  3. Present Theme 2: Prioritizing Effectively (12 mins)
    • Mr. Zukose will describe his process for prioritizing the Mobius backlog
    • Ms. Arellano will describe how using Jira facilitates the prioritization process and helps keep the team focused on the "now" and "what's next"
    • Mr. Zukose and Ms. Arellano will recap Theme 2 in the form of Don'ts
      • Don't underestimate the level of effort to prioritize the backlog
      • Don't undervalue agile tools
  4. Present Theme 3: Minimum Viable Product (MVP) (12 mins)
    • Mr. Zukose will share how he gets from conversations about the big picture to an understanding of the smallest, valuable pieces of functionality
    • Ms. Arellano will address when to loop technical resources into big picture conversations
    • Mr. Zukose and Ms. Arellano will recap Theme 3 in the form of Don'ts
      • Don't forget to think big and develop small
  5. Wrap up (4 mins)
    • Mr. Zukose and Ms. Arellano will recap the top 5 Don'ts of Product Ownership

Learning Outcome

Attendees of this talk will gain insights into what it is like being a Product Owner in the Federal Government, and take away ideas for improving agile operations within their own teams.

Target Audience

Federal and Industry Product Owners and those looking to gain insights on the Product Owner experience

Prerequisites for Attendees

n/a

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

Public Feedback

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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    Barry, Charise,

    Who is going to be presenting this? The submission is by Charise, but it says Barry all through it.

    In addition to what not to do, tell attendees what they will be able to do after attending this session.

    The abstract is the place where you sell your session to the right prospective attendees. Help them recognize themselves and their situation, and tell them what benefits they'll get by attending. Give them enough information about the content to convince them that they'll get that benefit.

    Flesh out the 5 topics for the reviewers. We need to know more details about your talk.

    The outline/structure is the place where you sell your session to the reviewers. Help them recognize that you'll deliver on your abstract. Give them details about the content and the way that you'll present it to convince them that you'll do a good job.

    See also https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1028714041349263360.html for an independent description of submitting a successful proposal.

    - George, AgileDC Program Chair

    • Charise Arellano
      By Charise Arellano  ~  1 year ago
      reply Reply

      Thank you for your feedback, George! We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to provide such thorough comments and have updated this proposal accordingly.

      • George Dinwiddie
        By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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        Thanks, Charise. Could you get Barry to add himself to the submission system?

        When you say, "Don't undervalue agile tools," what agile tools do you mean?

        • Charise Arellano
          By Charise Arellano  ~  1 year ago
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          Hi, George.  Yes, I'll work with Barry to get him added to the submission system and will aim to have that done tomorrow.

          As far as agile tools, we're specifically referring to our use of the Atlassian suite, primarily Jira and Confluence.