Learning resources for Product Owners

A few days ago I published a blog post with resources for ScrumMasters. I was saying how, since it’s a relatively new role, it requires new skills to get it right, so people often ask me for learning resources. Well, the same goes for the Product Owner role.

In the past, things were clear: we had product managers and business analysts. All of a sudden, Scrum brought into the spotlight a new role for managing a product, the Product Owner. And it too requires additional skills. To help you overcome the initial challenge, in this post I share a few resources that you’ll hopefully find useful.

The Product Owner Role

Managing the product

Working with the Scrum Team

Working with Customers

User Experience

  • The design of everyday things (book)
    A classic on product design and a precursor of the usability movement.
  • Don’t make me think (book)
    The key to a consumer product’s success is making it intuitive to use.
  • Lean UX (book)
    A new discipline combining agile, lean startup and user experience.
  • Twelve emerging best practices for adding UX work to Agile development
    The title says it all.

Other resources

Our services

We’ve got a few workshops where you could learn more about the Product Owner role:

We could also offer you in-house assessment, coaching and consultancy on your needs. Our coaches have helped many Product Owners better understand their responsibilities, create a roadmap and the Product Backlog and prepare for the Scrum meetings. Contact us for more details.

What are your preferred books or blog posts? Let me know about them in the comments below.

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