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Submitted Conference Content

Full name

Amoli Upadhye

Job Product Owner
email amoliupadhye [at] gmail [dot] com
Company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
City (Country) Mumbai
Time 45'
Type of Conference Conference > 100 attendees
Level Everybody

When I had big shoes to fill – my story of replacing a star PO


I am working as a Product Owner (PO) at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and experienced in working with a large client - vendor relationship. I have a total IT experience of 7+ years. Being a vendor PO does put additional layers of stakeholders in my requirements life cycle, but we have fine tuned the model over some time now and have successfully customized it. I absolutely enjoy my role and am keen on exploring how can I grow in my career while still a PO. IT PO's anyone ? I like improving my problem solving skills while working on IT projects as a PO - a function that I find very dynamic


I wish to use this session to share a small story. My story – when I had to replace a star Product Owner (PO) and I wasn’t really ‘there’ yet. This situation, I am sure, isn’t a rare one. People move in and out of our agile teams. Each one of us has personal ambitions and priorities to respect and so we may choose to change locations, teams, roles or companies. On boarding a running agile project is complicated for new team members. It takes a while for a team in rhythm to pause, induct a new member, and coach her around existing processes and engineering practices and so on. This can be a different discussion topic altogether but I faced a similar situation. One tweak in my story was I didn’t have to worry about killer engineering practices but had to replace a very very popular and an expert PO. That time it felt impossible to replace someone as good as him and revered benefits of getting hijacked or kidnapped. I would awesomely disappear and not have to replace him and get compared to him constantly, especially since I was this new PO and wasn’t quite ‘there’ yet. In fact, no where near to it. Incredibly, today I look back and smile. I don’t know if I have replaced him, but thankfully today ‘the replacement’ is not ‘the metric’ I measure myself against. I feel confident of my skills and attributes, am aware of my limitations and working as a PO on successful project deliveries. Who brought this change? Time and practice yes, but one definite differentiator was the star PO I replaced. He coached me in ways that are responsible for my success today, which has made me realize what made the star a star! What really did the star teach me? We have to meet at the conference for this.


1. Basic Scrum knowledge 2. Understanding of PO challenges (processes, knowledge transfer etc)

Benefits for the attendees

1. Highlight what makes great PO's 2. Understand benefits / perils of replacing a successful PO

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