Stacey — I think you read “No Product Owner” from this article and assumed no product management whatsoever. Did I get that right? You may have also missed the point about Chartering and the role it plays in helping to define/discover what product customers need the community to create. Whereas you’ve describe a PO-less world that is chaos, I’m…
Gold owners are the people who actually fund an initiative. They are typically executives who have budget and authorization to spend that budget. Such folks don’t tend to be involved with the team from day to day. We ask them to “okay” a charter once a community reaches a point where they are happy with it. Without their okay, we don’t commence work. Gold Owners aren’t Product Owners.
It’s unfortunate that you don’t ask questions but just infer “deeply disturbing” at “my” company (it isn’t mine). You might want to explore what it’s like to “get curious” before inferring wrongdoing. It involves asking questions to gain further clarity before jumping into judgement mode.
We are actively exploring space and you have the audacity to limit Scrum to just the best thing in the whole wide world? Think Universe Cutler! Scrum in Space, Scrum on Mars, Scrum in all the distant Stars.
Persisting data is one part of the work needed to get the “resume” feature done. You could call it a task, a part of the work, a work item. It’s not a story. The story here is Student Resumes Study. Hope that helps.
I find that we get better results when a team (ideally a cross-functional team with perhaps people from sales, marketing, legal, subject matter expects, product managers, developers, testers, etc.) rather than one individual, is responsible for the success of the product.