The Professional Product Owner’s Guide to Maximizing Value with Scrum
“This book presents a method of communicating our desires, cogently, coherently, and with a minimum of fuss and bother.”
–Ken Schwaber, Chairman & Founder, Scrum.org
The role of the Product Owner is more crucial than ever. But it’s about much more than mechanics: it’s about taking accountability and refocusing on value as the primary objective of all you do. In The Professional Product Owner, two leading experts in successful Scrum product ownership show exactly how to do this. You’ll learn how to identify where value can be found, measure it, and maximize it throughout your entire product lifecycle.
Drawing on their combined 40+ years of experience in using agile and Scrum in product management, Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham guide you through all facets of envisioning, emerging, and maturing a product using the Scrum framework.
McGreal and Jocham discuss strategy, showing how to connect Vision, Value, and Validation in ROI-focused agile product management. They lay out Scrum best-practices for managing complexity and continuously delivering value, and they define the concrete practices and tools you can use to manage Product Backlogs and release plans, all with the goal of making you a more successful Product Owner. Throughout, the authors share revealing personal experiences that illuminate obstacles to success and show how they can be overcome.
Define success from the “outside in,” using external customer-driven measurements to guide development and maximize valueFill the “product management vacuum” by bringing empowerment and entrepreneurship to the Product Owner’s roleAlign everyone behind a shared model of how to create, deliver, and capture valueUse Evidence-Based Management (EBMgt) to invest in the right places, make smarter decisions, and reduce riskEffectively apply Scrum’s Product Owner role, artifacts, and eventsPopulate and manage Product Backlogs, and use just-in-time specificationsPlan and manage releases, improve transparency, and reduce technical debtScale your product, not your ScrumUse Scrum to inject autonomy, mastery, and purpose into your product team’s work
Whatever your role in product management or agile development, this guide will help you deliver products that offer more value, more rapidly, and more often.