3 Traits of Successful Product Owners
By: Nikki Dent
Whether you’ve just been named Product Owner on a Scrum team or you’ve been filling that role for some time, you want to be successful in the role. While the definition of success looks different for every individual and every team, we’ve found that Product Owners who do well in their role tend to share a few common personality traits. For their book, The Professional Product Owner, Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham interviewed Product Owners after taking a training course about which traits they thought were the most important for a Product Owner to possess. We’re going to take a closer look at the top three traits they identified, being decisive, visionary, and resilient, and how these traits can lead to success.
The Product Owner is the person that has been granted authority by the stakeholders to make decisions for the project. Therefore, you become the person the team looks to for answers to questions, to be the final say in disagreements, and to prioritize work. Your being able to make decisive decisions will lend clarity to everyone on the team.
In all development projects there are times when tough calls have to be made based on value and where the team puts their efforts. Often the work of the dev team will be on hold pending a decision from you, so it’s critical that you make decisions quickly and confidently.
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About Nikki Dent
Nikki is a technical copywriter for Aptera. With a bachelor’s degree in writing from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., she has been honing her craft of marketing copywriting for the past six years. In her role at Aptera, Nikki enjoys learning and writing about the technology and strategy at work across the company.