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(SOLVED!) Is There A Product Owner In Kanban?

That being the theory part of it, things are very different in reality 😎 Many teams start their Agile journey using Kanban as it best suits the nature of work they do, which is support work 🙈 And support work cannot be done in a planned way with weekly or fortnightly deliveries and also as what work comes in a day is not known, Scrum is not very well suited for such teams and thus they end up using Kanban as the very first step in their Agile journey 🔥 And in my opinion, a team which adopts Kanban is more mature than an Agile team. It is very hard for teams to adapt to this new approach, which I know from personal experience. We recommend a Scrumban approach to such cases. This model includes certain aspects of Scrum, such as the Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Retrospective roles. These are required. These teams may also face another challenge when adopting Scrumban. They might have an enormous backlog that has accumulated over time. Management of backlogs becomes an enormous challenge. The roles of Scrum Master and Product Owner are crucial. This article will discuss the Product Owner’s role in these teams. [1]
Kanban boards have columns that are labeled with work flow states. But they also show the maximum number allowed to be published in any column. The Kanban-imposed limitations for each condition are enforced by this. Each column can only hold a certain number of stories, and each row does not have a time limit (such as sprint length). This makes it impossible to reset Kanban boards as the work is progressing. The Kanban board will flow as long as work continues. New stories can be added as needed, while completed stories may be re-evaluated if necessary. [2]
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Based on an article that was just published agile-aspects.michaelmahlberg.com, however you put it – the role that is described as a product owner in the original scrum literature (imho that would be Schwaber, 1995 or Schwaber, 2003) is very hard to find out in the fields. As a story goes which makes its round in Germany right now, some famous product development guru (if someone could point me to the source I would be happy to quote the original source) asked a room full of conference attendees how many of them were “product owners.” Almost everyone raised a hand. The next question was “Who could end their product tomorrow?” No one lifted a hand. Thus the stated conclusion was “So – we don’t have any product owners in the room.” This might sound a bit harsh, but it points to a quite valid aspect of working together IMHO: the question of our understanding of that role. Last edited 32 days ago, by Lenita Turn from Eslamshahr (Iran). [3]
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It is a difficult job for the Scrum Product Owner. It takes time and effort to translate business strategy into product strategy, and finally into tiny user stories. Most Product Managers don’t have the time or inclination to be a good Product Owner and most Business Analysts, the people most likely to fill the gap, don’t actually own the product. My clients almost always ask me to recommend that they have a group of people working together in this position. I don’t really care about the whole ‘single wringable neck’ thing… all I want is well groomed prioritized product backlog, and I’m thinking there is more than one way we can get there. [4]
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Based on an article by atlassian.comIt is important that team members can track progress and monitor the work of others using the Kanban boards. Kanban cards provide information on a specific work item. They give the team complete visibility of who is responsible and how much time it will take. Many cards on virtual Kanban boards include screenshots or other technical information that can be valuable for the assignee. It is important to allow for team members To see every item’s current status at any time and all associated details allows for increased focus and full traceability. This also helps to identify and remove dependencies and blockers. Uchenna SIMMS, North Korea’s Chongjin, last updated 38 days ago [5]

Article references

  1. https://pm-powerconsulting.com/blog/role-product-owner-kanban-teams/
  2. https://www.cprime.com/resources/blog/3-differences-between-scrum-and-kanban-you-need-to-know/
  3. https://agile-aspects.michaelmahlberg.com/2019/07/why-are-there-no-product-owners-in.html
  4. https://www.leadingagile.com/2011/12/kanban-isnt-the-answer/
  5. https://www.atlassian.com/agile/kanban
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