Product Owner Pitfalls — The Subject Matter Expert

What could go wrong if your Product Owner is an SME?

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1. Assuming she always has the best answers

2. Lack of trust to let the Developers find the solution to a problem

3. Overshadowing the other Scrum Team members

4. Doing the work of the team

5. Fear of people who might know more

6. Neglecting the other aspects of the PO role

7. Not Looking beyond the current product

8. Failure to understand complex product environments

Cynefin framework by Dave Snowden. Picture by Chris Corrigan

Subject Matter Expert: beware!

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