“Some of my team members are interested in knowing more about being a Product Owner. Can you mentor them?” a senior member asked me recently. Of late, I have seen that several people want to explore the option of becoming a Product Owner. While some are genuinely interested in the craft, others are simply in it for the market’s open prospects. But, the nuances of Product Ownership are probably not very clear to many people. This is especially true for someone who is starting their Product Owner journey. So, let’s explore how one could do that.
A Product Owner is a part of the Scrum Team. The Product Owner is a business representative and voice of the customer for the team. The competencies of the Product Owner range from Problem, Product, Market, Business, and Process to People. S/ he is accountable for the following:
Let us look at a step-by-step approach towards becoming a Product Owner in its truest sense. To start with, let us categorize the requirements under two different headers viz (a) Knowledge and (b) Experience. The first part deals with understanding the responsibilities, challenges, and required skills. The second part is all about practising the trade with the knowledge gained. Let us look at each of these in greater detail below:
One of the fundamental tasks of the Product Owner role is the curiosity for solving problems. To do this, one needs to understand what Product management is and the frameworks using which the solutions are implemented. The Product Owner should see the bigger picture and guide the team towards achieving beneficial outcomes. Given that Value maximization is core accountability for a Product Owner and Value is an abstract term, it is important to gain knowledge that helps bring clarity. How does one acquire knowledge? There are multiple steps in this.
Now that you have gained knowledge through one or more of the above steps, it is time to gain real experience. There are various ways of gaining such practitioner experience. Some of them are:
The above is not an exhaustive set of things for realizing your Product Owner goal, and there could be more. But it gives you a start. Do not be afraid to experiment or fail. Along the way, have fun while learning and practising.
If you think of more ways to become an effective Product Owner, comment and let the wider forum know.
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