Product Owner

A Product Owner is a member of an agile development team. They are responsible for defining ‘what’ gets built, and for maintaining a prioritised and refined backlog of user stories.

I’ve been a Product Owner for about 3 years now, having migrated from working as an IT Business Analyst. The roles and skills required aren’t that different, but the agile way of working enforces a rigor to the quality of written requirements.

It also helps that the Product Owner is embedded in the development team, and is able to ask and answer questions to clarify exactly what’s required. And with agile I can respond quickly to changing priorities of the business.

In my company we’re using something called the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), which extends the traditional agile model to complex projects and organisations. In July 2017 I completed my SAFe Project Manager / Project Owner certification.

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity

When things go wrong, it can be tempting sometimes to think that people have deliberately caused the problem.

It’s the basis of conspiracy theories. We imagine that governments and faceless corporations have gone out of their way to mislead or damage us in some way. When in actual fact, pretty much everything bad that happens can be attributed to someone (or often more than one person) screwing up.

Inaction, bad decisions, and lack of thought or empathy for others are usually to blame for all of life’s ills.

People really aren’t out to get you. It’s worse than that. They don’t care about you at all!

Post title is a quote of Hanlon’s razor.