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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Our team is getting a new product owner (for Scrum). Does anyone have any advice I could give him?
 
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Yes!
When you do Scrum, you probably work in sprints of a few weeks. After that you release some software be to installed on a production environment. In general this will be new functionality. New functionalities make the product owner and people from the business happy. But sometimes other important things have to be done as well. One of them is reducing your technical debt and do some refactoring of an existing product. Convince your product owner that this is important too, even though end users won't notice the change in general.
It's not a waste of time and money to fix your project, so that it's maintainable and extensible.

At work, we use Scrum too, and I've seen numerous product owners. Some of them are open for improvements (like reducing technical debts) and some of them only think that new functionality is the way to go. If you have a product owner with a more technical background, then this will be easier to achieve.
 
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Not advice as such, but the most damaging thing I've witnessed in any "Agile" process is when a new and foreign process is applied to a team against the natural flow and momentum of that team. It often stems from some member of that team being more focussed on or more motivated to "do Agile" than producing good working software. My advice in a single phrase would be "be pragmatic".

Pragmatic: dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.
 
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