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One must empower the development team. View the team as an equal partner, involve the members in product decisions, and encourage them to take ownership of the product details. At the same time, hold people accountable for the commitments they make. A team that is empowered to decide how much can be done is also accountable for getting it done. 

Lastly, participate in sprint retrospectives to help improve the collaboration and the process and receive feedback from the team members on your work.

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As product managers and product owners, we make a myriad of decisions — from shaping the product strategy and determining the product roadmap to deciding the detailed functionality of our products. But do we make all these decisions effectively? And do we always secure the necessary buy-in? This stash helps you make better decisions. It discusses five common decision rules and explains when to apply them.

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