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Scrum Product Ownership: Balancing Value from the Inside Out Paperback – March 2, 2013
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About the Author
Bob Galen is President and Principal Agile Coach (CSC) at RGCG, LLC; a technical consultancy focused towards increasing agility and craftsmanship within their clients’ software projects and teams. He has over 30 years of experience as a software developer, tester, project manager and leader. Bob regularly consults, writes, and is a popular speaker on a wide variety of software development topics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bob also continually explains "why" which adds another layer of depth and understanding to the material that I often find lacking in other professional texts. It is a very easy read but readers should have some basic background on the Agile methodology and Scrum concepts before jumping into this.
I have recommended this book to my manager and peers, and everyone has been impressed by this book. I believe that any member of a team that is or plans to practice Scrum would benefit greatly from this book since it so clearly conveys the complexity and criticality of the role that every team member needs to understand and respect in order for Scrum to work! I also don't believe that it is possible for "one" person to fulfill the PO role (which I consider to be the engine of Scrum), which is why it is important for all team members to understand it.
Also, there is no other book out there like this one.
What I Liked:
* The author provides many references throughout the book. In fact Appendix C has 22 desk references.
* There are many stories and contributions from Agile practitioners and authors.
* The author talks early on (Chapter 2) about the breadth of the Product Owner role and the fact there is one person who owns the overall responsibility, but there can by many others assisting in various activities.
* One of the best discussions on quality in an Agile project that I have ever read and how the Product Owner can influence quality (Chapter 6).
* An entire section dedicated to “Product Ownership at Scale”. The section about using Agile release trains was interesting but the author’s discussion about using Scrum of Scrums as a scaling model is pure gold.
What I Didn’t Like:
I have no complaints. I did see some reviews on Amazon that complained about typos and lack of proofreading, but nothing stood out to me. I also don’t understand giving someone a one star review about sentence fragments, but apparently it’s a burning issue for some folks.
“You don’t test in quality. By the time you get to testing, it’s too late. Your quality has already been instantiated into your code. Instead, your build quality into your DNA and work habits by individually adopting some of these core values:” (page 54)
This book is effective in addressing the concerns you would naturally have in that role, and assists a working professional in transitioning from other roles into that of the Product Owner. Having been formally trained and certified in this role, I will also point out that there is content in this book that was not covered in the training class I received, as good as it was, and it was a very pleasant surprise to find it a very valuable investment of my time to read through, and carefully highlight and take note of the items (exercises and practices) which Bob Galen has assembled between the book cover.
I will make note that I read a paper copy, Second Edition, at the recommendation of Roger Brown, one of the first and most experienced among the Certified Scrum Coaches (now called Certified Enterprise Coach) which lends an enormous amount of credibility to the validity of it's content. I hope you enjoy this well-written tome as much as I did. I keep it within arm's reach at my clients' site at all times. -That's the kind of resource this book is for me.