Book Review

Agile Product Management with Scrum

Sebastian Meyen

In his latest book, certified Scrum Trainer and Scrum Alliance leader Roman Pichler shares his advise on Scrum Product Management.

In ‘Agile Project Management with Scrum,’ certified Scrum Trainer and Scrum Alliance leader Roman Pichler targets the new, and sometimes challenging world of product ownership. Product ownership consists of managing the product backlog, creating the project vision, planning the release, budget management, and the many other tasks that come with leading a Scrum project. Each of the major responsibilities of product ownership (product vision; product backlog; release planning, and spring meetings) have their own dedicated chapter.

‘Agile Product Management With Scrum’ has an unusual take on the issue of management, focusing on producing the right product, rather than managing the project correctly. This book assumes a certain amount of prior knowledge, skipping over the ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s of traditional product management, and heading straight for the particular challenges faced when managing a product with Scrum. This allows Pichler to keep the book at an easy-to-digest 133 pages.

‘Agile Product Management With Scrum’ has a practical slant, featuring real-world testimonials about using Scrum in the workplace, and offers plenty of tips and tricks to avoid the common pitfalls. Each chapter ends with a short section dedicated to ‘Common Mistakes.’ In turn, each Common Mistake segment concludes with a list of questions designed to help you apply the previous chapter’s advice to your own project. Again, this book takes the concise and practical, rather than theoretical route.

This book also features a comprehensive walk-through of selecting a product owner, including desirable characteristics to look for, before placing the product owner in the wider context of team, collaborators, and the ScrumMaster. These roles are explained, and Pichler goes into some detail regarding this hierarchy in action.

Sebastian Meyen
Sebastian is Chief Content Officer at S&S Media, the publisher of He has been actively involved with the IT industry for almost two decades. As a journalist he is constantly in touch with thought leaders in software development and architecture. He is editor in chief of the German speaking Java Magazin and program chair of the JAX conferences since 2001. Prior to joining S&S Media, he studied philosophy and anthropology in Frankfurt, Germany.

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