Nilesh Makan: Looking at the Product Owner role as a leadership role in Scrum

The Great Product Owner: The PO as a leader

A great PO is also a great leader. As Nilesh puts it, it’s not possible to disconnect leadership from the role of the PO, because that role is all about creating alignment, and autonomy in the team. 

In this segment, we refer to the book: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The Bad Product Owner: The PO that had multiple responsibilities

In this segment, we talk about a Product Owner that was not able to shield the team from the interference by external stakeholders, and what are the consequences we can expect from that anti-pattern. We also talk about how, sharing the PO role with other responsibilities can create other anti-patterns. 

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About Nilesh Makan

Nilesh is the founding Director at Padawan Consulting, where the vision is to build transformed businesses through transformed people. He works with companies in the arena of Digital Transformation, considering how to leverage people, process and technology to design and build innovative solutions.

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