Houston Scrum Product Owner Community of Practice

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Global Custom Commerce Office

10255 Richmond Ave

Houston, TX 77042

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Come join other Houston area Product Owners as we connect, learn and share experiences.


The Product Owner is a unique role on the Scrum Team requiring its own distinct mindset. Since the role is unique, it is often tough for Product Owners to meet (and learn from) other Product Owners (especially with the traffic and sprawl we often experience in Houston). It is for this very reason the Houston Scrum Product Owner Community of Practice was founded.


More specifically, the Houston Scrum Product Owner Community of Practice was founded with these goals in mind:

  1. Connect - Provide an environment (with both structured and unstructured social activities) where Product Owners can network and foster authentic connections with other Product Owners

  2. Learn - Provide learning opportunities and resource recommendations for both established and aspiring Product Owners.

  3. Share - Facilitate and encourage Product Owners to share experiences and practical application of learnings with other Product Owners.


Join us on Saturday, October 5, 2019 for the first meeting of the Houston Scrum Product Owner Community of Practice. The group will meet the first Saturday of each month from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Blinds.com office in Houston.


About the Session on October 5

Wade Pinder will be speaking on “Using the Lean Coffee™ Framework to Help Inform User Stories (Product Backlog Items) and Priority”. Wade says “Lean coffee is a great way to use a simple framework to quickly establish an agenda and get the most value out of the limited time you have with others. Imagine two friends using Scrum to decide what they are going to talk about over coffee, before they even say a word to one another. That’s the basis for Lean Coffee. I’ve found the framework useful in may cases… from short one on one conversations with my boss all the way up to facilitating story and feature discovery sessions with up to 40 people.”


Wade Pinder is the Senior Manager of Customer Experience Innovation for Global Custom Commerce (Blinds.com) in Houston. He has over 10 years of experience with Scrum and over 9 years of experience as a Scrum Product Owner. Wade is an active member of the Agile Leadership Network Houston group has served as a mentor at Station Houston and is a founder of the Houston Scrum Product Owner Community of Practice.

How the meeting works each month:

9:00am - 10:00am - Connect - This is a structured time of networking. You WILL meet new people. You WILL get to participate in engaging conversations. You WILL NOT have to stand around awkwardly hoping you get a chance to speak to someone. Most of all, it WILL be fun! If you can’t make it until 9:55, that fine! You can still join us for the rest of the meeting. Come as you are… you will be welcomed.

10:00am - 11:00 - Learning - We will have a facilitated learning session during this time each month.

11:00am - 12:00pm - Sharing - A facilitated time of sharing practical Scrum application and any other “burning desires” the group may have. Want a resume review? Want to listen to how other Product Owners got started in their career? Have a question about Scrum? You’ll have a chance to get input from other Product Managers for just these types of things.

We get it! You’re busy! That’s why we’re holding the meetings on Saturday mornings. If you can’t come until 9:55am, that fine… if you need to leave after 11:00, that’s fine too. We understand Saturday may not be the best time for everyone, but that’s true of every day of the week, and traffic being light on Saturday mornings is a large factor in deciding to meet on Saturdays. It is our hope that in exchange for some Saturday morning inconvenience, you find value in knowing you have a chance to be an active participant in a community of others practicing the craft of Product Ownership. So please come join us.

Is this Community of Practice a good fit for me?

The topics and discussion each month will be geared towards adding value to the “toolkits” of both aspiring and practicing Scrum Product Owners. Product Managers will likely find value in any given meeting and will hopefully walk away with new “tools”, but the group will not necessarily be focused on all areas of a Product Manager’s responsibilities. Scrum Masters and Developers who are seeking to better understand how they can add more value to their relationship with their Product Owner will likely benefit from any given meeting as well.

A few practical items:

  • You must register on Eventbrite to attend (last minute is OK)

  • You will need to present a valid form of identification (e.g. drivers license) to register at the front desk on the third floor of the building when you arrive.

We hope our first meeting on Oct 5th will be the start of something special, and we hope you’ll be a part of it. Please come join us!


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Global Custom Commerce Office

10255 Richmond Ave

Houston, TX 77042

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