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P.O. role overlap with UXD

Last post 10:18 am September 18, 2015 by Rudolf Jan Heijink
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12:39 pm September 15, 2015

Hello, new to product owner role here.

I am coming into an existing team where the UXD person is taking the major responsibility for gathering user requirements and feedback. She also doesn't seem to have a great relationship with the users.

I would like to start taking over the majority of the user contact with her sitting in on meetings as needed. Am I right that this be part of my role as product owner?

I appreciate any thoughts. Thanks!

10:37 am September 17, 2015

Dear Megan

It indeed is part of the POs responsibility to understand the users' (among other stakeholders') needs and wishes.
Further it is the POs responsibility to turn these needs and wishes into BIs (might get help from others here) and to prioritize them.

If other team members can attend specification meetings with the users, this can foster the understanding of what is requested and helps a lot in my opinion.
Best would be, to even have users attending the Sprint Review, so they can give their feedback directly to the entire team.

Hope this helps

10:18 am September 18, 2015

I put great emphasis on close co-operation between the developers and the users. This is highly appreciated by both users and team. People may need to learn this way of working because they may not be used to this. The scrum master can help to create this attitude. As a product owner you must make sure the increments represent the minimal viable product (by saying no very often!) and you muts watch carefully the business value of the user stories. It's easy, at least in theory.

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