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Monday, August 3 • 10:45 - 12:00
Government Product Owner: What to expect when they’re expecting (Salah Elleithy, Darren Hoevel)

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What is the product owner role? Is it different in the federal space and the commercial space? What are the challenges that the PO face? If we were to define a PO persona, what would it look like? Does a conventional PO role work in the government? What changes are needed to enable the PO in the government? How would the PO role apply in the government settings? Does the organizational structure affect the PO role?
The product owner role is one of the most demanding and critical roles on agile projects. The PO is engaged with the stakeholders (those who will be impacted by the product) as well as the development (delivery) team (those who will be delivering the product).
The PO drives the vision of what needs to be built. The PO describes the vision to the team that is translated into chunks of value (or user stories) that makes up the Product backlog (a “to do” list of what needs to be built). The team works with the PO to clarify questions. Once the team build a chunk of value, they demonstrate it to the PO who then accept it or provide feedback that then get translated into more user stories.
Common challenges include: proxy PO, part time PO, supporting multiple teams, misconceptions of the PO role and limited empowerment among other challenges.
In this session, Salah and Darren will share stories about the challenges of the PO role in the government, explore different approaches through a collaborative session that will give participants ideas on what to look for to make the PO role successful in the government.
Learning Outcomes:
  • * Understand the roles and responsibilities of the Product Owner
  • * Define a persona for Product Owner
  • * Explore different ways of applying Product Ownership in the government space

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Salah Elleithy

Agile Coach, SparkAgility
Salah gets the most joy out of sparking curiosity in learning and experimentation. Throughout his journey, he has held roles in business analysis, project management, product management, agile coaching and management consulting. Salah is passionate about enabling organizational agility... Read More →
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Darren Hoevel

President, Agilist, Pliant Solutions
Darren Hoevel is a passionate Agile realist, organizational change advocate, corporate cultural renovator, customer ambassador and founder of Pliant Solutions. He is driven by transforming organizations into self-managing, self-organizing teams with high morale. Darren prides himself... Read More →

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