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Questions tagged [product-owner]

Questions that are about either Agile work-item Product Owners or about owning a software product.

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Should a Product Owner be responsible for an initial prototype?

Is it typical that a Product Owner (or even a BA) creates a high-level prototype/wireframe of a system based on the requirements document to ensure that the requirements are clear enough to start ...
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Should a (junior) developer try to push for better processes and practices in their development/IT team?

I'm a junior developer that is given the ability to help shape my team's processes if I can justify the change, and if it helps the team get work done. This is new for me as my past companies more or ...
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User, Customer, Company Relationship

Is there anyone who can explain the relationship between customer, users, and the company ? As far as I understand, the product is used by the users, and before that product is designed, the users ...
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Should Product Owners exist for internal products?

In an Agile/Scrum development environment, where the "products" of a team are only consumed internally (think infrastructure, CI/CD tooling, automated testing), should POs exist even though the team's ...
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In an agile process, how much work should be done by the PO on a project or feature before presenting it to the team?

In a recent 1 on 1 w/ my team’s product owner, we had a disagreement about how much work should be done on a project or feature before presenting it to the team. The PO is used to creating specs up ...
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What is the role of a product owner in scrum?

I am learning about Scrum and currently have a basic knowledge. I have a few questions about the role of the Product Owner in the Scrum process: What is role of Product Owner in daily Scrum, if he/...
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What are the boundaries of the product owner in scrum?

In another question, I asked about why I feel scrum turns active developers into passive developers, and it seems that the overall problem is not scrumy (related to scrum), and rather it's related to ...
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Split skilled Scrum team

A Scrum team has been forced together and is feeling very uncomfortable. They are constantly saying that it is not working for them and that they are fed up with hearing the words Agile and Scrum. ...
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Product Owner and Business Unit manager

Our team is facing an issue adopting Scrum. We are a team with 10 developers a dedicated Scrum Master and a Product Owner. Our Product Owner is having issues with the Business Unit manager. He's a ...
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Scrum roles mixed up

Here at the office our Scrum roles are a bit mixed up, so I would appreciate any advice on how to improve it. We are a small team of 4 developers (one of which is a de facto scrum master) and we also ...
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Definition of Done for many Scrum teams

We've recently started to use the Scrum framework and we gradually went from 1 team to 5. I am doing the Scrum Master role. In the last months, each Development Teams worked on their Definition of ...
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Acceptance Criteria for Edge Cases

I am a product owner on an agile team. I when doing PO acceptance testing I usually make note to try some edge cases. Its not uncommon for me to discover something and then I pass it back to the the ...
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Evaluating a product owner [closed]

How do you evaluate a product owner? More specifically, how would one conduct a performance review of a product owner? What qualities or characteristics would one look at when reviewing a product ...
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In Scrum, should developers talk directly to customers (bypassing the PO)?

How should a product owner in scrum deal with very detailed questions from the team regarding the features they are implementing that he cannot instantly answer himself? When it would clearly be the ...
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Who is responsible to challenge a product owner? [duplicate]

I am relatively new to Scrum and I am not clear on the boundaries of a product owner. The product owner that I am currently working with seems to behave more like a manager than someone who gives ...
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How do I write a software product definition?

I would like to learn how to write a software product definition. Therefore I am looking for online materials or books which would help me to learn more about this topic. I would like to learn, for ...
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Who should be allowed to add stories to the product backlog?

What is the best practice for that prevents the backlog from becoming a mess, but also maintaining developer productivity Who should we allow to add stories to the product backlog? And how do you ...
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How to deal with product owner who refuses to follow UI design rules

We develop Android application. We base on old version of similar application developed in our company. This old application was designed by some noobs which didn't follow UI Android design rules. ...
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How to work on not User Story related tasks

I'd like to create a developer task collector where I'd put all issues that I see need some work but are not User Story related (e.g. fix some not visible quirks in startup animation, scan code with ...
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Scrum: Is it okay for the development manager to be the Product Owner

My company is going through an agile rollout and is currently considering options for what that means. The ScrumMaster role is somewhat straightforward, but Product Owner has many candidates: ...
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Wrote an application for a friend. Who is the owner of the software? [closed]

Friend asked me to develop a software application for him. I did and he paid me. There was no written contract. I live in UK and he resides in Canada. My question is: who is the owner of the software ...
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Adding quirks from an old system to a new system because that's what people are used to - a term for this?

Is there a term for the above? When building a new system developers are sometimes instructed (that is a different issue) to "keep things as they are", regardless of how inefficient or unusable they ...
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Is it normal for developers to suggest feature ideas to product owners? [closed]

I've started working as a developer fairly recently, having worked as a systems administrator before. My understanding of how a software development team using Agile functions is that the "what we ...
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Selecting the (right?) application design [closed]

While working to build software products for early stage startups, I have seen two very common schools of thought that define an approach to application design. Those 2 paradigms typically include ...
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How do you deal with the costs of too-rapid change?

Like most modern developers I value Agile principals like customer collaboration and responding to change, but what happens when a product-owner (or whoever determines requirements and priorities) ...
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How to prevent intentional over-estimation in user stories?

I am asking this from a purely hypothetical standpoint. According to the Sprint Planning Meeting section in the Scrum Guide: "The number of items selected from the Product Backlog for the Sprint is ...
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Who should get a developer certificate from Apple if client want their company name to show up in App Store

I am about start my first project with client, However I will work as a consultant. So do I need to get developer certificate and post my client's app in app store? Or I should ask my client to get ...
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When to mark a user story as done in scrum?

There is a notion in scrum that emphasizes delivery of workable units at the end of each sprint. Each workable unit also maps directly of indirectly to a user story and when in new sprint PO ...
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How might the role of product owner go against the idea of open source, or work for it?

On a related questions about "Finding and/or becoming an open source product owner" -- the first comment to the question itself was "the idea of a product owner goes against the idea of open source." ...
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Finding and/or becoming an open source product owner

Are there any open source projects that have roles that would be equivalent to a Scrum product owner role? If so, how did you go about finding these examples, and how do you believe those product ...
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How can I make sure my evening project code is mine?

I'm a physicist with a CS degree and just started my PhD at a tech company (wanted to do applied research). It deals with large scale finite element simulations. After reviewing their current ...
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Can the customer be a SCRUM Product Owner in a project?

I just had a discussion with a colleague about the Product Owner role: In a project where a customer organization has brought in a sofware developing organization (supplier), can the role of Product ...
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How can I provide guidance on technology choices through user stories?

I'm a project manager for a team of firmware engineers making the transition to adopting Scrum and I'm moving to support the team in a Product Owner role. We've just gone through Scrum training and ...
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Product Owner and automated tests

One of the claims of BDD-style development is that it bridges the gap between Product Owner and developers: the Product Owner writes a story, which can be converted in an equivalent automated test "...
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Who owns this work? [closed]

I worked for a small company as a long term contractor making websites and other such things. A client comes along, pays what he said was "A lot of money" for me to spend a week doing his website. ...
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Who becomes the product owner?

A business has five requirements streams, with a "stream leader" (called Product Manager, but this is an in-house term) per-stream and a backlog per-stream. If we wanted to follow Scrum more closely, ...
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How do you get your product owner more engaged on agile projects?

During iteration retrospectives on agile projects, one of the topics that comes up most often for us is that the product owner is (or product owners are) not available or engaged in the project at a ...