As part of that session, I asked the attendees – people interested in business analysis, business process, and business rules – to propose questions they were hoping the session would answer. We didn’t get a chance to discuss those questions during the session, so over the course of the next few weeks, I’m going to answer those questions in the newsletters.
Today’s topic is roles as inspired by these three questions that came up:
- What is product owner role vs BA role?
- How to transition from BA to Product Owner
- BA role in the agile world
I’ve already written quite a bit that explores the various roles that product people fill. As a way of answering those questions, I’ve provided links to those resources below.
If you find those posts don’t exactly answer the questions above for you, let me know.
Examining the product owner role
People who help their organizations determine the right things to deliver can have a variety of job titles and can fill a variety of roles. The rise of agile approaches in general and Scrum, in particular, added another role to the list – Product Owner. As with everything else related to agile, the nature of the Product Owner role, and whether it is needed at all, depends a great deal on context. The series of posts starting with this one takes a closer look at the Product Owner role and the different models where it shows up in organizations.
When product ownership goes bad
In the series mentioned above explores four different models for product ownership. There are issues that are common across all four models and specific to each one. In this post, I take a look at those issues and explore some possible solutions.
What are the characteristics of an agile business analyst?
Laura Brandenburg describes business analysis in terms of an 8 step business analysis process. The series of posts starting with a look at the characteristics of an agile business analyst explore each step of that process through an agile lens. As part of that view, each post in the series takes a look at what the key responsibilities associated with each step look like.
4 Roles Business Analysts Play in an agile Organization
Business analysts can be a BA, PO, product manager, or portfolio manager in an agile organization. What you do depends on you, your org, and your product.
How to structure your product team
One thing that people who do product development constantly try to figure out is how to organize to deliver product.
There is no one right way to organize the people who are doing product development, but it doesn’t stop teams from looking for that silver bullet product team structure.
I’ve written about how product people can organize in relation to their customers and their teams, but avoided saying which one was correct, preferring to say “here’s different ways you could organize, which one you pick depends on your situation (playing in to the context idea below).
In his talk about product leadership, Rich Mironov chose to take it a step further. He explained that one of the key responsibilities of product leaders is to design, build, and nurture product teams. He shared his view of a good product team structure, a not so good product team structure, and a really bad product team structure.