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Good, but could be much better
on 7 August 2010
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 the book doesn't deal much with how to extract insight from the market. For instance the chapter on how to create product vision was only four pages even if it had references to a fairly substantial literature.
Having read this book after reading Mike Cohn's book Succeeding with Agile was somewhat of a disappointment as quite much of the content was the same. Of course Pichler's book was much more focused, but what it lacked in breadth compared to Cohn's book, it didn't make up in depth. At only 118 pages + some prefaces, indexes and similar the book was at times shallow and had brief treatment on topics that would have benefitted of more in-depth discussions and examples. I think the author had endorsed the idea of minimal marketable product. Nevertheless, I don't regret reading the book as it was to easy read and there were many good points, but it didn't impress me.
I recommend this book only because at the moment it appears to be the best book on the product owner role. But I would expect the next edition, or should I say release, of the book to be significantly enhanced.