Product Owner Group – Agile Couples Therapy

The Tampa Bay Product Owner Group is an established community of practice that helps Agile Product leaders network and grow. We are a Scrum Alliance registered user group and are partially funded by Agile Alliance.

_______________________ Presentation ________________________

Title: Agile Couples Therapy: Building a Strong PO & SM Relationship

The Product Owner and the Scrum Master have distinctly different roles, but together, they form a bond that sets the tone, personality and rhythm of a scrum team. Their relationship drives the cohesiveness and productivity of the team, and can ultimately lead to team success or disaster. In this interactive talk, we explore what can (and often will) go wrong between the PO and SM, and talk through resolutions in an Agile Couples Therapy session – with the ultimate goal to make the PO and SM a match made in agile heaven.

Who should attend?
-Any scrum team member who wants to build a stronger relationship with their PO or SM
-Anyone who wants to better understand what motivates POs and SMs and how their roles impact team health

_____________________________About the Presenters________________________

Tabatha Bowers firmly believes that happy employees lead to happy customers, and as a Product Owner at Grow Financial FCU, she makes product design and prioritization decisions with customer loyalty and retention in mind.

Beth Galambos is a product gal who gets giddy about thorough user research, air-tight strategy and building technologies that make life more awesome.

Jamie Leatherman is a seasoned Scrum Master, currently working at WellCare Health Plans as a Product Manager on a project.

Pooja Pendharkar is always tinkering with new ideas – whether they are for the mobile app she manages as a Product Manager at Bank of OZK or the mobile app she manages at her startup, Lunchpool.

Sponsoring is a great way to connect with leadership and practitioners and get to know the talent in our community. We can’t hold these events without our valuable sponsors. Read on to learn about this evening’s sponsors!

Our location sponsor for this evening is South University @SouthU (
Established in 1899, South University offers more than 20 programs, from associate’s to doctoral degrees, in five distinct Colleges at our Tampa campus. Housed within the College of Business, our Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Master of Science in Information Systems programs are designed to prepare students for entry level and advanced roles in today’s continually changing digital landscape.

Eats: Barrington from TEKSystems is sponsoring our eats tonight! I’ve used myself TEKSystems as a hiring manager and as a consultant and can personally recommend the great job they do placing people and then ensuring it’s a good match and good relationship throughout the engagement.

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