Mike Boutel – “Having a Whale of a Good Time” Product Owner As BA – a Larger than Life Opportunity

Many questions have been asked about where Business Analysts sit in the world of Scrum. The truth is, with the many skills they bring to the table they are well suited to work in the capacity of a Product Owner. The Product Owner is a member of the Scrum Team such that they represent the voice of the customer and at the same time must be able to clearly articulate that voice such that the Scrum Team is able to deliver value.

While this role is not for the faint of heart and requires such skills as facilitation, negotiation, prioritisation, stakeholder management, SCRUM expertise, Domain Expertise, ability to write user stories, your facilitator Mike Boutel will demonstrate how best to manage this role and the extent of your responsibilities through a very interactive activity that promotes the criticality of requirements and the Role of the Product Owner.

Through the development of a “Punch and Judy” show participants will learn to appreciate how the role of a Business Analyst and Product Owner aligns themselves in a Scrum environment.

Topics Mike will address:
1. Product Owner Role Defined
2. Product Owner and Business Analyst
3. Criticality of getting requirements right as a product owner


Mike Boutel – Head of Capability at PM-Partners Group

Mike Boutel is a qualified Program and PRINCE2® project management trainer and practitioner with over 20 years of high achieving, high performance commercial, sales, business development, franchising and management experience, principally in the printing and packing industry.  Throughout his career, Mike’s entrepreneurial flair, determination to succeed and quick learning skills have consistently produced excellent business results.  He is a ‘self-starter’ with an impressive track record of self-learning in accountancy, health and safety, information technology (IT), project management and employee training.

Mike is globally recognised as an expert in modern portfolio, programme and project management practices, He has a passion for Best Practice governance and has worked in UK, Sydney and Melbourne. He is a sought after trusted advisor and consultant on portfolio, programme and project management and related PMOs. He is also one of Australia’s leading expert facilitators and recognised as a public speaker keynoting many business events.