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Re: [XP] XP Customers for a 'boxed' software product

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  • David H.
    ... Hash: SHA1 ... How can they make a sane decision when they know _0_ about the technology deployed? I do agree with you that a Product Owner should not be a
    Message 1 of 8 , Feb 28, 2006
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      Brandon Campbell wrote:
      >
      >> Sure, developers with those skills would be great. As would cold fusion
      >> and an innate ability to understand women. :)
      >
      >> That said, what I feel the Product Manager needs to be is someone who
      >> understands technology but has a better understanding of the business
      >> for which the software will be developed. The Product Manager shouldn't
      >> care if the developers are using Java/Spring/Hibernate, Ruby on Rails,
      >> .NET, or TSO/ISPF. They should care if the technology employed will
      >> meet the business needs.
      >
      > Agreed
      >
      How can they make a sane decision when they know _0_ about the technology
      deployed? I do agree with you that a Product Owner should not be a technology
      junkie or a ex programmer, but I do feel that a Product Owner has to be
      willing to learn about technology before making a decision.

      >> The developers, meanwhile, _do_ care what technology is employed and
      >> they interact with the Product Manager on how they are to use the
      >> technology to do so.
      >>
      Once more, that implies the PO is willing to understand what they are
      "yabbering" about. This also implies that a programmer is trained enough to
      communicate complicated technology in layman's terms.

      <snip>
      >> In either case, the Product Manager needs to think much more in business
      >> terms than in technological terms.
      >
      > I agree. I don't think that the Product Manager should be an
      > ex-Programmer, they generally don't have the business experience. My
      > comment above was directed the other way that programmers need more
      > business experience.
      >
      I think both sides have to work on understanding each other better. That is a
      very common issue in software development. Just like to people agreeing to
      paint the wall 'blue' but their understanding of that colour is a very
      different one.

      - -d

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