Where is the Product Owner office?

Last post 10:42 am October 26, 2015
by Niels Dimmers
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05:06 am September 29, 2015

Hi,

I am learning and reading everything I can about Scrum to pass the assessment. I have 2 questions, and I ll make 2 different threads.

Where is the Product Owner office and what does he do when not at the Scrum Meeting?

Basically, does it take that much time to prioritise and managing the product backlog? Is he/she having meeting with the business and marketing department?

Thanks,

Stéphane.

10:57 am September 29, 2015

Hi Stephane,

Just to let you know, I'm also studying to pass the assessment... :-)
My PO office is next to that of the Developer team. But I know of companies where the PO has to work within the same room as the developers.
Actually I'm more in contact with our customer, than with our internal departments, and I find it more practical not to disturb the development team with my phone calls, filtering customer requirements is key.
Also backlog prioritising, making burn-down charts and updating KPI's works better for me when I do it in my own space.
But it is very important to work closely toghether with the developers; you're all on the same team!

Hope this helps, and good luck with the assessment.

07:25 am September 30, 2015

Hi,

How do you apply the Agile Manifesto, especially principles #4 and #6 in your context ?

08:39 am September 30, 2015

Tks all.

@Martijn Bakker: Tks for your very empirical answer. Also how do you get all the informations from users? Do you talk with other department?

04:04 am October 1, 2015

Hi Olivier, thanks for your referral to the Agile Manifesto! I work together with the developer team, walking into their office just next to mine. And I definitely prefer to talk to developers and other stakeholders in person, but this is not always possible as we work at remote location during different days of the week.
@Stephane: for user information I invite a representative of the customer to be present at sprint review and refinement.

11:41 am October 1, 2015

Tks,

Can you be more precise with an example, easier to image. I know it depends on the product we are building. I am learning by my self, I ve never been in a scrum oragnisation... so I am trying to get images (in my brain). My aim is to pass the PO's assessment.

What is "representative of the customer"? A customer? A marketing director? Community Manager?

03:16 pm October 1, 2015

> Where is the Product Owner office

Why would an office be needed to fulfil the responsibilities of Product Ownership?

03:04 am October 2, 2015

"representative of the customer", in our case: the client, a power user, helpdesk employee.

11:55 am October 2, 2015

I mean his desk, where is his computer...

10:42 am October 26, 2015

The PO is the main contact with the customers, so I expect he's having a lot of meetings clarifying how the tool is used by the users and which new functionalities should be introduced (and with which priority). In our organisation, the PO is combined with a classical PM who produces the financial insight in the department and provides a vision for the department.

His office you say? Hard to say, we only have open office floors with flexible locations, so his office is located wherever he wants to - usually somewhere around or with the team, since he should always be accessible for questions about priority or functionality vision.