Product Owner, STX Next, Poland
Agnieszka has over 8 years experience in software development and 4 years experience as a product owner. She worked for the biggest financial institutions in Poland, cooperating with teams and stakeholders in many countries, building successful products for Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish and British markets. Now she is a Product Owner in STX Next – Agile oriented software house. She is a product and people enthusiast curious why one product is successful while the other is not and why one team performs better than the other. She likes working with people, products and numbers.
Vision, responsibility for product’s ROI, decision making power, knowledge about the market and the end-users, impact on the organizational level… at the same time availability for the team and detailed product knowledge allowing to manage Product Backlog effectively. They’re usually the attributes of the exemplary Product Owner.
In the real live many so-called Product Owners work in the environments where achieving these attributes is very difficult or even not possible. A corporation with no single person responsible for product value and a software house where the product vision is owned by the client are the two examples we’re going to show.
We’ll share two case studies of the PO role in a corporation and in a software house working on financial products. We’ll try to answer the question how to – in such situations – be responsible for the product vision, deal with the stakeholders, work with the development team and maintain the ability to go back and forth between the little details and the big picture.
Based on these cases we’re going to indicate what are the similarities and the differences between these environments. We’ll search for a universal pattern to deal with the “mission impossible” and try to define a set of characteristics needed to create a successful product no matter what the organization you are working for.