Being the Product Owner Proxy
The Product Owner (PO) on an Agile team is meant to serve as the voice of the customer. As such, they are meant to prioritize work for the team based on customer-value. The PO must be empowered to prioritize the backlog and make far-reaching decisions. In an ideal world, PO is a full-time role and is co-located with the Agile team. However, since this person is also often a business Subject Matter Expert (SME), they usually have a myriad of other responsibilities that minimize their availability to the team. This is when someone other than the true PO is tapped to play the role, and that someone is often the BA. In this session, we will visit different scenarios in which a Proxy Product Owner exists and steps to take to ensure the team focus is still on continuous deliver and customer value.
- What is a Proxy Product Owner
- Responsibilities of a Proxy Product Owner & how to navigate common situations
- How to coach and enable the true Product Owner and/or decision makers
About our Speaker: Jennifer Forrest
Jennifer Forrest is a Project Lead, Agile Business Analyst, and Scrum Master at Excella Consulting. She has worn many hats throughout her career, including Senior Business Analyst, Team Lead, Project Control Officer, Quality Auditor, and Project Manager. She currently leads a team in modernizing data analytics, introducing agile, and implementing a new web public engagement platform. Find her on twitter @jenoftheforrest
6:00 - 6:30 pm Dinner / Networking
6:30 - 7:30 pm Presentation
7:30 - 8:00 pm Q&A / Networking
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