Agile Practices for Product Owners

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As a product owner, whether you have attended a scrum training introduction or not, it is always a hard task to know your responsibilities during the product development process. This often leads to confusion in fitting in with the team.

So, what are the responsibilities of the project owner?

As complex as it may sound, simply put, the product owner is required to closely collaborate with the team on an ongoing basis and to guide and direct the team.( e.g. providing feedback, answering questions and signing work. Most products that are developed in the absence of the product owner, (or not-so-empowered product owner) suffered, and the projects never reached their maximum velocity.

Below are three things that always come in handy for product owners:

  • Adverse knowledge of the customer’s needs

Knowing the requirements of the customer helps better tailor the software best to the customer’s requirements.

  • Basic knowledge of software and product development

Knowledge, or at least a basic one, about software development goes a long way in aiding communication between the product owner and the development team.

  • Active stakeholder management

Active stakeholder management is particularly important in larger organizations, where the stakeholders include not only the customers, but various functionalities according to different departments in the org. The software should be able to adapt to different environments.