Working with the product owner

The product owner on an agile project has a lot to think about. If he’s commercially minded and driven by the desire to get features shipped, design and the focus on the customer experience often slips. Pairing the experience designer with the product owner as a product steward helps to ensure that the yin of the business is balanced with the yang of the customer.

Agile software development is inherently democratic. We let the product owner decide what is most important to him, what will deliver the greatest value and then build that first. The problem with this democracy, with this unleashed choice, is that the product owner doesn’t always know what’s best. He’s not always the best person to choose.

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