Creating The Project Deliverables For Product Owners

Successful product delivery depends on meeting the customer’s expectations; bug-free code should be part of the package, but the first prize for the customer is what they asked for in the first place.

Where it all Starts

So how do we get the expected results? We need to apply the principles of new product development (NPD) in general, and then use a few specifics from Lean Startup theory. This starts with the idea for the new or improved product. This could be a simple “lightbulb” idea from one of the executives, or the output from a brainstorming workshop. In many organizations, this is enough to get the ball rolling, which is why there are so many product failures and a huge waste of money.

Getting Shot down in Flames

Before taking the product idea forward, it needs to be kicked around and tested for viability. Many of the criteria are financial, such as what return on investment (ROI) will there be and when, and what the CAPEX costs will be. The really important questions are about the target market for the product. There is a succinct saying “there is a gap in the market, but is there a market in the gap?”. As this is being written, there are mobile app developments being churned out that very few customers will bother to download: a case in point is an app that reminds you to renew an annual subscription (and there are plenty of them).

If the product idea was formulated in an innovation workshop, hopefully, they have also completed the viability checks. If the idea does not pass the criteria for success, it should be shelved right now. This does not mean it cannot be re-examined later; maybe current technology is just too primitive or expensive now; think of the special effects available to George Lucas for Star Wars in the 1970s.

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Master of Agile – Scrum Product Owner With 59 Seconds Agile (Video Training Course)

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What is this course?

This ‘Master of Agile – Scrum Product Owner With 59 Seconds Agile (Video Training Course)’ provides an in-depth understanding of the Scrum Product Owner roles and responsibilities

You will explore the Agile Scrum project life-cycle, including how an Agile User Story is created, to how we know when it is ‘done’

This course is aimed at those with or without prior knowledge and experience of the Agile values and principles

During this course you will learn the tools needed to succeed as a Scrum Product Owner

What will you learn?

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the Scrum Product Owner roles and responsibilities, and you will be able to

  • Fully understand the role of the Scrum Product Owner
  • Understand the roles involved in an Agile project
  • Create an effective Product Backlog
  • Effectively participate in Scrum Meetings such as the Daily Stand-up, Sprint Review and Retrospective
  • Identify the roles involves in the Scrum Team

What topics are covered within this course?

You will cover the following topics during this course:

  1. An Introduction to Agile Project Management (Product Owner)
  2. The 12 Agile Principles (Product Owner)
  3. The Declaration of Interdependence (Product Owner)
  4. Introduction to Scrum (Product Owner)
  5. Scrum Project Roles (Product Owner)
  6. The Agile Project Life-cycle (Product Owner)
  7. Acceptance Criteria and the Prioritised Product Backlog (Product Owner)
  8. Epics and Personas (Product Owner)
  9. Sprint Planning (Product Owner)
  10. User Stories (Product Owner)
  11. The Daily Scrum (Product Owner)
  12. The Product Backlog (Product Owner)
  13. Scrum Charts (Product Owner)
  14. Review and Retrospective (Product Owner)
  15. Validating a Sprint (Product Owner)
  16. Releasing the Product (Product Owner)
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