The Scrum Guide doesn’t talk about the role of managers. So does that mean that one day we have managers, and then as soon as we begin an agile transformation, they suddenly disappear? Of course not. So what do we do with them? Many organizations use managers to direct the work of their reports so it could seem reasonable to assign these managers as Product Owners. I can see the logic in this, but a younger me would have opposed this with extreme prejudice. A younger me would use all my persuasive might emphasizing how this isn’t the right thing to do. But why? What’s wrong with it?