In honor of that presentation I decided to focus this week’s newsletter on product ownership and product management in practice.
In my blog post for this week, I introduce three organizations that share (and probably influenced) my general philosophy toward product ownership and product management. They all also do a great job of sharing their experiences.
I also included other places that you can get practice based information from people who are practicing product management or ownership.
Kent J. McDonald
5 Product Management Conferences
One good way to hear about people’s experiences is to go a conference and talk to them. The key there is finding the conference where the people you want to hear from will be at. ProductPlan put this list of 5 conferences together where your chances are pretty good to hear some good stories.
4 Product Management Podcasts
Another good way to hear other’s stories without having to hunt them down at a conference is to listen to a product management focused podcast. Here’s a list of 4 product management podcasts from Emma MacAnally
3 Organizations that preach what they practice
There are organizations that talk about being agile, and then there are those organizations that just are agile (but rarely use that term to describe it.) I’ve found that organizations that are agile and share their stories, but don’t feel compelled to label it with all the trendy buzzwords are often the best sources of information about what works. These three organizations fit the bill better than most.
2 Videos about Product Ownership
If video is your thing, here are a couple of videos from people for whom I have a lot of respect:
- Product Managers, Product Owners, Scalable Agile Models by Rich Mironov, found on the Mironov Consulting site.
- Requirements, Product Ownership and Other Misunderstood Concepts in Agile Development by Jeff Patton, found on the Agile Alliance site (you need to be an Agile Alliance subscriber to access)
1 Organization that brought sanity to their Portfolio Process
One of the many great things that the Agile Alliance does (yes, I work there and yes, I’m biased) is the Experience Report Initiative that provides people the opportunity to share their stories about success and failure. Sandy Mamoli shared her experience helping TradeMe solve problems it was having managing its project pipeline.
If you have other places that you go to get practice based information about product ownership, leave your thoughts in the comments.
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I’m also putting the finishing touches on my ebook Product Ownership in the Wild, so watch the KBPUpdate for an announcement of when it’s available.