BigVisible’s very own Agile Coach, Jason Novack, will be speaking about the journey from business analyst to product owner at the upcoming Agile New England Chapter Meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2012 from 6-9pm. Though you need to register to attend, the event is completely free.

His presentation, The Path from BA to PO will discuss why the product owner is a key player in Scrum, yet there is confusion around the true value and responsibilities of this important role. Furthermore, he’ll cover why analysts are often called upon to assume product owner responsibilities, without much clear direction.Some think of the PO role as “an analyst on steroids”. While there is indeed some common ground, in reality, the two roles face drastically different sets of expectations. In his discussion, he’ll highlight the differences between product ownership and analysis. He will also offer up transition strategies for analysts who dare to make the leap.