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First, Let's Kill All the Product Owners



Tim Berglund shares the vision of an organization without product managers with its implications and boundaries, provoking the listener to take a bold step into that direction.


Tim Berglund is a trainer for GitHub, a speaker internationally and on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour in the United States, and is co-president of the Denver Open Source User Group. He is a contributor to the Ratpack web framework, is co-presenter of the O'Reilly Git Master Class, co-author of Building and Testing with Gradle. He blogs occasionally at

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Software is Changing the World. QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community. A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.

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Oct 13, 2013

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  • Great presentation, wrong audience

    by Alexander Ivakin,

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    I really enjoyed this presentation. In fact I can even commit as a witness to it because in the past 4 years I've seen exactly the described dynamics which finally led to outsourcing of development into another country. But I think that the reality is somewhat more complicated, and I can attest that the colleagues I've worked with and who were finally outsourced both were excellent developers and skilled subject domain experts. It is that the corporate structure plainly refused to see us as autonomous beings. Corporates fear autonomy more than violent takeovers. Such things as mastery and purpose are substituted by the mission statement and the "competence" in the corporate values. The end result is that the whole business arrangement hits a downward spiral of slow decline and it is only a matter of time until profits hit the ground.

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