Plight of Product Owners in Medium and Large Organizations

  1. Resources (people, machine, designs, products, technologies, etc.)
  2. Processes (decision protocols, business processes, levels of permissions, patterns of interaction across business units, etc.) used by its people to convert resources to business goals
  3. Values (a direct by-product of organizational culture) used by its people to decide on priorities and goals

Google is a classic case of a start-up that has become too big (relative to where it started) over time and is slowly losing its once defining entrepreneurial culture.

Is something wrong with product owners and managers in these medium and large organizations?

The answer is NO.

  1. Christensen, C. M. and Overdorf, M. “Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Innovation.” Harvard Business Review 78(2):66–76, 2000.
  2. West, Dave and Roy C. Wildeman. “Product-Centric Development Is a Hot New Trend.” Forrester Research, December 2009.
  3. Waters, Richard. “Google Tries New Angle on Hiring,” Financial Times, February 2011.

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Polymath: dad, co-founder, strategist, Computer Vision enthusiast, visual thinker and dog lover.