Product owners: the cold hard stats

This week i had agile training. It stressed the importance of dedicated product owners. The trainer told us that the bare minimum is 50% of the product owners time.

Where i work it’s common to have a nominal product owner who can only spare 5-10% of their time. This effectively means that 80-90% of requirements are “made up” by the dev team.

Put another way, it takes 5-10 times longer for the company to get the product it wants.

It means the dev team are wasting 80-90% of their time.

The quickest fix is to start making members of the dev team into product owners to address the balance.

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