What if You Don’t Have a Product Owner? w/ Sara McClintock & Jeff Streitmatter
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The dilemma of what to do if you don’t have a Product Owner is one of the more commonly recurring questions that I get in the CSM and CSPO classes. In this episode of SoundNotes, LeadingAgile’s Sara McClintock and Jeff Streitmatter join me to talk through the challenges of not having anyone acting as a dedicated PO. During the discussion, we explore why the role is so critical, how not having one impact’s the team’s ability to deliver valuable work that is in sync with company strategy and we offer some tips on how to cope with not having someone to fill this critical role.
Contacting Sara McClintock
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- Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/sara-mcclintock/
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Contacting Jeff Streitmatter
If you’d like to contact Jeff you can reach him at:
- Web: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/jeff-streitmatter/
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffstreitmatter/
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Contacting Dave Prior
If you’d like to contact Dave you can reach him at:
- LeadingAgile: https://www.leadingagile.com/guides/dave-prior/
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrsungo
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsungo
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As part of our Agile journey we’ve had this challenge of ramping up our PO capacity. One interim measure that has helped bridge the gap is using technical leads as the PO to work closely with product managers/SMEs. Does require a certain mindset though. Additionally in cases where we have very talented POs, they’ll support two teams.