What is the Role of a Product Owner?

Product Owner


One of the most glorious things about Scrum is that anyone can do it. While that’s a statement with no strings attached, it doesn’t mean anyone that buys my book for six easy payments of $79.99 or anyone that takes my eight-week program can implement Scrum on their team. It means that with some observation and a little independent study, anyone can become part of a Scrum team and actively participate. However, in order to operate at maximum effectiveness, a Scrum team should have its core roles filled by individuals that are knowledgeable and experienced.


One of those key roles is the Product Owner. Let’s break down just what this person can do for you and your Scrum Team.


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Tech Trends for Associations: Insights from the ASAE Technology Conference 2014

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) held its 2014 Technology Conference & Expo last month at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. This annual conference is designed to provide CEOs, technology c-suite executives, directors, managers, and other technical professions with an opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the technology issues most related to their work.


We attended this conference to meet with association professionals and get a better understanding of their technology needs. We learned a lot – here are our top 5 takeaways!

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How to Achieve Your Resolutions With Change Management!

When you set a New Year’s resolution, you are determining and defining that you want to make a change in your life. So, how does it work? Can you just decide to lose 50 pounds today and do it tomorrow? Unlikely.


The fact is, the techniques that organizations and project teams use to manage change can also apply to personal goals and changes! For this year’s resolutions, why not try a change management approach instead?


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Happy New Year!


Wishing you a very Happy New Year!


One of our 2015 resolutions is to make it out to even MORE exciting IT events in DC, Maryland, and Viriginia. Feel the same way?  Here is a round up of what’s happening in January. Hope to see you there!


DC Python

Python for Forensics and Food Trucks

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

7 PM

Washington, DC


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Four More Reasons DC Is A Great Place to Work in Tech

Washington DCA few weeks back we highlighted some of the reasons why the D.C. area is a great place to start your career in technology. While there are many options for professional growth in and around the city, the appeal of the D.C. area doesn’t stop there. For those looking to broaden their horizons and grow personally, D.C. offers a wealth of opportunities. In the last post, we outlined how the area can help your career—but here are four more ways working in D.C. can help YOU!

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What is the Digital Services Playbook?

Earlier this year, the U.S. Digital Services created the Digital Services Playbook – the “what” of best practices for delivering digital solutions in the Federal government. The U.S. Digital Services is part of the Executive Branch and was created to help improve technology initiatives within the Federal Government. Why was it needed? Well, for starters a 2012 McKinsey study found for IT projects with a budget of $15 million or more: 45% ran over budget, 7% ran over time, 56% delivered less value than predicted.

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AgileDC 2014: That’s a Wrap!

On October 21, we joined more than 500 attendees, volunteers and speakers at the 5th annual AgileDC conference. Taking place at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University, the conference was an opportunity for Agile experts to share ways to improve delivery and quality of IT products by taking an iterative, incremental approach.


Read on to find out what we learned and shared with the Agile community!

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Wondering What You Missed at User Focus 2014?

uXpaDC_web_165x93pxUser experience is more than just a buzzword. Planning for it takes commitment and a whole lot of empathy. It means taking into account sociocultural factors and thinking beyond the website to the whole experience, in-store, on-line and in between. These are some of the messages that speakers at User Focus 2014 hit home.


For a more in depth recap and photos from the event, check out my blog post on the UXPA DC Blog.


And, as a bonus, Excella Co-Founder and Partner, Jeff Gallimore shared his thoughts in User Focus 2014: Debrief.

Best IT Events For November

We are a little late getting this list out this month…but here is a round up of IT events taking place throughout the rest of November around Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Hope to see you there!



Double Feature: Design Sprints, and Patents

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

7 PM

Vienna, VA


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