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David Heinemeier Hansson nailed a perfect description of what happens when you take away control from workers and pile on bureaucracy:

When you treat people like children, you get children’s work. Yet that’s exactly how a lot of companies and managers treat their employees. Employees need to ask permission before they can do anything. They need to get approval for every tiny expenditure. It’s surprising they don’t have to get a hall pass to go take a shit. When everything constantly needs approval, you create a culture of non-thinkers. You create a boss-versus-worker relationship that screams, “I don’t trust you.”

This short animated whiteboard presentation nails the critical points and subtleties of being an agile product owner.  It includes a nice discussion around the conflict and synergy between “Building the Right Thing”, “Building the Thing Right”, and “Building It Fast”.  If you have any questions about how to excel as a product owner or how your product owner can add value for your team, this video answers it all in less than 15 minutes.


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