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Horizontal vs. vertical scaling of the Product Owner role

Having Product Managers and Product Owners working together is crazy and ineffective.

If you need Product Managers and Product Owners to scale your Scrum, then you are fixing the wrong problem.

First, make sure you have self-managing, empowered teams that don’t act like a hungry caterpillar to be fed tickets by the Product Owner. This is what the PO and SM should be working on together. To ensure Scrum Teams are capable of taking ownership and removing any obstacles on the path of self-management in order…




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