Work is done by teams. Teams build products and services. Good teams are varied, complex, intelligent and experienced formed of people with diverse backgrounds and roles. People have relationships and relationships are both challenging and rewarding. Building stuff is work, building relationships is work. Both are not mutually exclusive. Things don’t necessarily work straight out of the box.
Successful partnerships are built on trust, understanding and flexibility. While all partnerships are important, some may be deemed vital. Where positive outcomes, progress and continuous improvement are ultimately critical. Healthy and unhealthy conflict plays its part and civilisation is not built in a day, but progress must be prioritised and pathways forward found.
The relationship between a product owner and a delivery manager is one such relationship. They lead a team and are often in their own and other’s spotlight. The relationship has to work. They are depended on. The way a relationship develops takes on the form of a kind of long form design sprint