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Dive deep into Product Management, Product Ownership and Creating Great Products

I have become really excited about the potential of bringing an excited, passionate group of experts into room to work on challenges and problems that inspire them! So I am really excited about the Product Owner Camp in Switzerland!
Product Owner Camp in Switzerland (#POcampCH) is an Open Space conference inspired by the successful Agile Coach Camp in Kandersteg and Scrum Coaching Retreat in London. Unlike its role models, #POcampCH focuses on product creation: "Product Management meets Product Ownership: How do we create great products together?"
Thursday kicks off with an optional master class, "How to Get Quickly from Idea to Minimal Viable Product?" led by Karen Greaves, Samantha Laing, and Steve Holyer. Social activities are planned Thursday and Friday evening for attendees to interact, learn, and get to know each other.
Friday and Saturday, all day, involve all participants to conduct a series of parallel sessions addressing current topics around product creat…

Understanding the Indian 'Yes'

My experience with the word 'yes' in India is that it doesn't seem to mean what I think it means. And the word 'no' does not seem to exist. Doing business with India for me has always been a somewhat strange experience. As native speaker of North American English, there is a language barrier. Yes, it's English, but.... I was never really sure when negotiating with my business partners whether they were really going to deliver what they said they would. Often there would be substantial differences between what I thought we had agreed to and what was actually delivered.

Since I agreed to a four city tour in November of Scrum Trainings, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to explore what yes really means, and why it remains such a stumbling block. What did I find out about 'yes' and other aspects of Indian culture?
Raising the question My Scrum courses devote substantial attention to working agreements. At the start of each course, I facilita…