( Founder and Director, The Emperical Coach Pty Ltd )
A computer scientist, engineer, scrum master and Agile coach with more than 20 years experience working with several start-ups and IT companies across US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Venkatesh (a.k.a Venky in friend's circle) has been practicing Agile since 2001. Venkatesh has successfully applied Agile on collocated and geographically distributed teams with team sizes ranging from 5 to 150 with the same ease. Venkatesh has accumulated rich expertise while applying several scaling strategies across financial, telecom, aerospace, travel and retail industries. He is rated as one of the Top 200 Agile bloggers on all matters of Agility, Innovation and Complexity. He is an agile advisor at Cutter Consortium. He also writes for Zephyr, Techwell and DZone. Venkatesh co-authored a book interviewing Agle luminaries across Australia and currently he is working on 2 new ones.
Product Owners (PO) role is one of the important role in Scrum, and at the same time, most misused as well. Most so-called Scrum teams have reduced the role of a PO to a mere requirement donor and thus weakening the Scrum framework. In complex product development environment, apart from taking accountability of the ROI of the product, needs to ensure teams get needed support. Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) which is based on hundreds of experiments have identified 5 key relationships that product owner needs to maintain, and their relevance in product development scenario.