The Product Owner – The buck stops here.

I have learned that the Product Owner is in all projects, I called him by many names.  The stake holder, the project sponsor, even the customer project manager.  This person is the final authority on what the project, product, or service should look like.  In Agile, the role is specifically called out so that there is clear understanding that the product owner ultimately responsible for what  gets built and when.

The product owner role requires an individual with certain skills and traits, including availability, business savvy and communication skills. The Scrum product owner needs to be available to his or her team. The best product owners show commitment by doing whatever is necessary to build the best product possible – and that means being actively engaged with their teams.

What happens when the product owner is not available?  The product owner in a scrum team hardest role.  You have to meet with stakeholders, gather requirements, prioritize requirements, write user stories, and provide all of this to the team for them to build.  It is important when you identify a Product Owner that this person is trained to do the role, or that person will disappear from the team.  Additionally the Product Owner’s tasks can be misleading, the product owner must have all other duties minimized so that he can fulfill the roles properly.  Finally, communication is a large part of the product owner responsibilities. The product owner role requires working closely with key stakeholders throughout the organization and beyond, so he or she must be able to communicate different messages to different people about the project at any given time.

The Scrum Alliance has a great Product Owner Training Course that will prepare future Product Owners with the necessary skills needed to fulfill the role properly.

sa_buttonwebsite_cspo_vBy earning a Certified Scrum Product Owner® certification you:

  • Learn the foundation of Scrum and the scope of the Certified Scrum Product Owner’s role from the best minds in Scrum.
  • Demonstrate to employers and peers your attainment of core Scrum knowledge.
  • Expand your career opportunities by staying relevant and marketable across all industry sectors adopting Agile practices.
  • Engage with a community of recognized Scrum experts who are committed to continuous improvement.

 

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