Skills for Successful Product Owners
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Skills for Successful Product Owners

Quickly get an overview of Agile, Scrum, Product Management, Facilitation and more – 1 topic per page

About the Book

Are you thinking about becoming a product owner? Curious about what you need to know?

This book is for you if ...

  • you want a quick overview of the most important skills for product owners
  • you want enough information to act on
  • you want to know what problems others have already solved and where to find more information

This book is not for you if ...

  • you want exhaustive information and great detail
  • you need a closely guided tour – this book provides context, but not excessively so

Corinna Baldauf has first-hand experience in every Scrum role as well as UX and knows what topics to cover to give you a helpful overview and primer.

Here's what others say about the "Agile & Scrum" chapter:

"I really love the book, I printed out the posters and hung them up and have noticed quite a few hallway conversations and a few folks have stopped by my office and said "You're really serious about this agile stuff aren't you?" It's been a great conversation starter.” - Scott Vann

About the Author

Corinna Baldauf
Corinna Baldauf

Corinna Baldauf is an Agile and Lean practioner since 2010 (mostly Scrum and Kanban). Her perspective is that of a long-term employee at a truly agile organization (sipgate in Germany). She is a facilitator, writer and solution-focussed coach.

She is happiest when she is sharing valuable content – on, and in her books.

Got a question or suggestion? Email or tweet to @CorinnaBaldauf. 

Table of Contents

As a Product Owner you have chosen an exciting and challenging path! This book will make the trip smoother by pointing out important waypoints.

In base camp, you find what you need to know about Agile & Scrum itself, before we head out to cover topics from Product Management.

You’ll be much more effective as a PO if you can help people talk to each other and collaborate. That’s why we cover Facilitation next.

We end our journey on a mountain top looking at useful concepts from surrounding areas.

  • Role of the PO
  • Agile & Scrum
    1. Agile Manifesto
    2. Agile Principles
    3. Agile Mindset
    4. Agile “Laws”
    5. Scrum Roles
    6. Scrum Events
    7. Scrum Artifacts
    8. Sprint Goal
    9. Definition of Done
    10. Definition of Ready
    11. Retrospectives
    12. Prime Directive
    13. Tuckman’s Team Stages
    14. Emotions during Change
    15. SCARF Model
    16. Agile Adoption Patterns
    17. Technical Self-Assessment
  • Product Management Agile concepts, such as User Stories, as well as ideas from traditional Product Management and User Experience.
    1. Saying “No”
    2. User Stories
    3. INVEST
    4. Story Mapping
    5. Planning Origami
    6. Elevator Pitch Template
    7. Minimum Viable Product
    8. Kano Model
    9. Design the Box
    10. Design Studio
    11. Hallway Usability Tests
    12. 3 Horizons
    13. Pioneers, Settlers, Town Planners
    14. PO Coaching Cards
  • Facilitation – The best Product Owners are also great facilitators that support a discussion and collaboration with structure. They know how messy human interaction can be and act accordingly.
    1. Meeting Checklist
    2. PO3
    3. Ways to Vote
    4. Lean Coffee
    5. Open Space
    6. SMART Criteria
    7. Brainstorming
    8. Silence a Room
    9. Hand Signals
    10. Visual Cues & E.L.M.O.
    11. Psychological Safety
    12. Psychological Safety – How?
    13. 4 Sides of a Message
    14. Glasl’s Stages of Conflict
    15. Solution Focus
    16. Powerful Questions
    17. Fancier Sketchnotes
    18. Writing Well
  • Beyond Agile & Scrum – Right now, Scrum is the dominant software development process. Knowing about approaches outside of Scrum will make you a more well-rounded PO, someone who is able to pull ideas from many different sources.
    1. Value Stream Mapping
    2. Kanban
    3. Cumulative Flow
    4. Japanese Terms in Lean
    5. Lean Startup Principles
    6. DevOps
    7. Cognitive Bias
    8. Master Any Skill
    9. Five Love Languages

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