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Managing Up with Dhaval Panchal

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Managing Up with Dhaval Panchal



Being a Product Owner is not easy. You are responsible for the success of the product. You have to create enough work to keep up to 9 people busy, stay 2-3 Sprints ahead of them and at the same time, stay completely in sync with the business and constantly be learning more about the customer. It’s a lot. But what happens when you are the PO, and your Manager is spending most of their day acting as BA/PO on your project? Who gets to make decisions? Who do people come to with questions? Who walks the plank if the product tanks? (Trick question - YOU!)

The role of ScrumMaster is just as tough - especially when you work at a startup and the Owner/Founder/KINGOFALLIDEAS keeps coming to you demanding you add new work in the current Sprint and seems frustrated by the fact that your team did not deliver on their forecast in the last Sprint. Whenever you push back on the additional work, you are reminded that part of Agile is being able to adapt. 

Note: If your manager/boss/owner spends a lot of their time “helping you”, then you are the target audience for this podcast

Dhaval Panchal from Evolve Agility joins Dave this week to discuss how to cope with the above situations and begin managing up so that you and your team can start delivering on your commitments.

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Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

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Dave, Dhaval. Thank you for this session and it's a keeper. Your discussion on managing up contains key advice. Specifically, this includes the new product owner growing into a more strategic role involving a wider understanding of the product in addition to how to articulate where the team needs higher support and what it can handle.

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