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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any Product Owner
The role of the Product Owner is the arguably the most misunderstood role in Scrum, but equally the most pivotal to the success of any Scrum project. I see this book as a must read for anyone considering doing this role or needing help in doing it better. Roman's examples and analogies help clarify the role and responsibilites required to help teams and organisations...
Published on 3 July 2010 by Paul Goddard

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be much better
Roman Pichler's Agile Product Management with Scrum is aimed for people that already have prior knowledge of both product management and scrum. In practice the book is 95% about scrum and only 5% about product management. The focus is on the role the product owner in the scrum development endeavor. The subtitle "Creating Products that Customer Love" is quite misleading as...
Published on 7 Aug 2010 by Niklas Kari


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for Scrum practitioners, 21 May 2010
This review is from: Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products That Customers Love (Addison-Wesley Signature) (Paperback)
Roman Pichler's guide to product ownership and creation is an excellent guide for Scrum practitioners, new or experienced.

He introduces the core characteristics and responsibilities of the product owner role, then examines each area of responsibility in depth covering the product vision, managing the product backlog, planning, and collaboration. He finishes by exploring how to go about transitioning into the role.

His simple, compact style is highly engaging and readable; the author gives you the right information and the right amount of information so you gain the insight and tools to do the job. Each chapter typically finishes with a collection of common mistakes, and a short section to summarize the key points and to encourage you to think about what you've learned and how you can apply it.

While focussed on product ownership, the author's experience and in-depth knowledge of Scrum and Agile shines through and provides an illuminating guide whatever your role.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starting kit for Product Owners!, 1 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products That Customers Love (Addison-Wesley Signature) (Paperback)
I found this to be an excellent starting guide for product owners. Recommend it to any BA looking to move into a more product owner type of role.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical advice for product managers, 7 Dec 2013
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Thorough exposition of how a Product Manager can be most effective in an agile environment. Useful anti patterns drawn from real world experience. Too internally focused to rate 5 stars but a valuable read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in insight, 11 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products That Customers Love (Addison-Wesley Signature) (Paperback)
This is the only book dedicated to the Product Owner role and it does cover the basics. I was disappointed, however, it does not seem to have much useful insight and didn't really inspire me in the same way that some of Roman's blog articles do.

I would highly recommend Succeeding with Agile by Mike Cohn (from the same series) as an alternative as it seems to cover the same content more succinctly and has, from my point of view, had a lot more insight drawn from experience.
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