Mar 27 WALTHAM MEETING: Effective Product Ownership: The Path to Mastering the Role

Slides from this talk are available: Effective Product Ownership

Pictures from the 3/27 meeting:

Frank Saucier gave a value packed talk on PO techniques at the 3/27 Waltham meeting. About 75 people attended the meeting, There was some lively discussion and debate after the meeting about how to help organizations learn faster via agile & Scrum practices.

Most Product Owners have a grasp of the Product Owner role defined by Scrum and they play the role every day, but do they truly seek to master the role? If not, why not? Could it be that a good number of Product Owners are blessed with the role by management without actually getting the chance to opt into the role? Could it be that Product Owners don’t get the necessary training they need? Could it be that Product Owners don’t feel safe enough to experiment with techniques to find out what works and what doesn’t. The answer is probably a little bit of all of those and maybe a few more things mixed in.

At this session you will learn:

  • The characteristics of an effective Product Owner.
  • The perceived and dynamic nature of value.
  • How to apply a new perspective – “Triple View” value.
  • Why businesses don’t like where they are on the value timeline.
  • How to build and mine a “value team”.
  • How and why to “artifact” the product backlog.


About The Presenter:

Frank Saucier is an Agile coach and trainer at FreeStanding Agility. He has over 20 years experience in software and technology spanning software development, computer engineering, application engineering, technology marketing, & project management. He has domain expertise in  Enterprise Mobile, Insurance, Financial Systems, Online Publishing, Design Automation, Defense Systems, and Web Technologies. You can reach Frank by email at

Meeting Agenda:

6:30 pm Introduction

7:00 pm Food, beverages, and socializing

7:20 pm Main event

8:20 pm Done

8:30 pm Done Done

Meeting Location:

200 West Street
Waltham, MA 02451

The event room is located on the 1st floor. Enter the building. Take the hallway to the left. Walk past the elevators. The door to the event room will be on your right before the restrooms.