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Title: The Professional Product Owner: Leveraging Scrum as a Competitive Advantage
Author(s): Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Category: Agile

Addison-Wesley Professional wrote:The Professional Product Owner will help product owners and their organizations refocus on value as the primary objective. The authors offer detailed practices for identifying where value can be found, measuring it, and maximizing it throughout the entire product lifecycle. Drawing on their combined 40+ years of experience in using agile and Scrum in product delivery, the authors show how to go beyond merely writing requirements and managing product backlogs, to take accountability and drive the process from vision to value.

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    I'm not a product owner, but I thought reading this book would give  me more insight into what one does. It worked.

    Each chapter begins with a quiz of yes/no questions. The answers are at the end of each chapter. I like this a way of focusing in on the learning objectives.

    I like the anti-patterns of the “wrong” product owners. I also like the callout boxes with stories from the authors.

    There were a number of good analogies that I hadn't heard before. One was renting vs owning a house in terms of feeling ownership. And the field of earless cows for getting what you measure (if you ask for cow ears...).  And the “requirements can end up as an overzealous shopping list”

    There were also some terms I hadn't heard before like the Wizard of Oz MVP that Zappos used. Just a UI and humans fullfilling orders behind the scenes at first. And the different types of requirements risk.

    For the obvious vs complex vs complicated vs chaos, I would have wanted a chart or table comparing them all. As terms got introduced, they covered how it compares across the prior introduced types. But it was a lot to remember.

    Overall, the book was enjoyable to read and I learned from it.

    I give this book 9 out of 10 horseshoes.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.
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