Say NO

Recently I tweeted the following: “What makes a good Scrum Product Owner? The ability to say NO to stakeholders when suggested functionality adds no value to the product.” This was of course a tweet that didn’t just come out of nowhere. I have known a lot of Product Owners and some are really good. Responsibility for the product, the ROI from the product, the Product Backlog that is Ready, or Ready-Ready, or just a list of wishes… The reality is that the work of a Product Owner is hard. It’s a fulltime job! In organisations where I have coached or been a Scrum Master I have found a lot of examples of Product Owners that have been “given” this position, or who have made themselves the position and often they do the job as a side. [...]


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