The Effective Product Owner training course takes people through the full lifecycle of product management, from vision through to reality, showing how and when to apply specific techniques.
An interactive workshop-style course, this is about helping these two roles understand why it’s so important that they work together well. It covers agile basics, division of labour, understanding how to best utilise different strengths and weaknesses, why a shared and collaborative approach leads to better teams and better products. It also spends time looking at effective reporting, how to manage up to senior managers and to communicate effectively. See part 1 of 5 training extracts at the bottom of the page. For the complete series – visit our YouTube channel.
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Developing a product vision
From an initial concept or idea that may be vague, product owners are taken through the steps to turn this into a tangible and valuable artefact: a product vision statement. In a group exercise, the product vision statement is developed using a proven structure, drawing out value drivers to aid decision making as the product is planned and delivered.
From the product vision statement a story map is developed, breaking down the vision into a manageable number of steps or functional areas, depending upon what best suits the product. With this initial outline in place, high-level functional requirements are written, introducing he concept of user stories and epics.
Understanding more about the behaviour of users of the product to influence the requirements and shape the product.
Writing user stories
The story map is populated by the group writing user stories to fulfil each of the product features, ensuring the stories remain aligned with the product vision and value drivers. The product owners are shown examples good examples or writing user stories and then given the opportunity to write their own and critique each others.
With a populated story map, the group now begins to prioritise the backlog of requirements within each feature group, figuring out which stories will help them to get a viable product to market and prove their product concept in line with the vision. The planning exercise is repeated a number of time using different criteria such as risk, value, complexity, size and marketability.
Minimum viable product (MVP)
With an agreed release plan, the product owners identify how to define the minimum they need to take their product to market, how they can package this and communicate it to their stakeholders. They plan for an incremental delivery and see how to apply prioritisation techniques to develop features in the best order.
Commercial case for incremental delivery
Using effective tools to show why incremental product delivery has a commercial model that improves return on investment and de-risks product launch. This can be used to support conversations with stakeholders who ask for everything.
Getting into development
With a well-formed product backlog it is now important to get items, as user stories, ready for development. Using behaviour driven development and writing scenarios for each of the stories, the product owners will learn how to support effective communication with their development team and to introduce efficiencies into product assurance.
Identifying and responding to non-functional requirements to ensure they don’t get lost in the process of defining product success and lead to hidden risks.
Using visualising techniques to show when risks lie in a product development, beyond the traditional methods. Using risk management to inform the release plan and support conversations with stakeholders.
Using key metrics and visualising them with cumulative flow diagrams to help see where work is and how to improve the flow from concept to reality. Helping product owners to focus upon the right metrics and avoid those metrics that drive undesirable behaviours in development teams and by stakeholders.
Working with the development team and stakeholders
Understand the role of the product in relation to the development team, how best to support them and what they need from a product owner to be effective in their role. Working with stakeholders, keeping them informed of progress and risks, influencing their decision making and managing expectations.
Those who attend this course leave with a better understanding of the skills needed to make good teams great and get them to deliver better products. Product owners and project managers learn how to work together really effectively so that their roles and skills complement each other instead of hampering progress. Their renewed confidence in the necessary skills and abilities needed to do their roles help unlock further potential on their projects.
Part 1 of 5 – The role of the product owner, the intentions behind the role, what the Scrum Guide says about the product owner and how this translates into the real world. The video also covers value – the concept of valuable work and the difference between value-based delivery and volume-based development. Exploring how the product owner influences this through their engagement with stakeholders. For the complete series – visit our YouTube channel.
Join Edward Scotcher (COO) in this recorded customer training. With thanks to ASE Plc.