How to Be a Successful Product Owner

If you’re a Product Owner on a Scrum team, or a person in a similar role who pushes software initiatives within an organization you have a critical role to play on your team. Over our years as software consultants, we’ve observed a trend with software teams from all kinds of businesses and industries. Teams with a strong Product Owner continually see more value from their software and more focus on their teams. We’ve also homed in on a few habits that these most successful Product Owners have in regard to their work. Here’s one of those habits you can emulate.

Know What Makes a Request Difficult 

You don’t need to be technical to be a strong Product Owner, but it does help to pick up a general sense of what is an easy coding request versus a difficult one from your development team. Having this knowledge is helpful when ordering the backlog of work to be done. It allows you to make informed decisions about which quick wins you want right away or when you’d like the team the focus on a bigger task. In addition, being aware of the effort associated with various tasks will help you build a rapport with your development team. You’ll be able to speak to them with empathy about the complexities of work items if you have a deeper understanding of them.

Want to learn four more habits great Product Owners have? Download our e-book, 5 Habits of Successful Product Owners.

Nikki Dent

Nikki Dent

Nikki is a technical copywriter for Aptera. She has a Bachelor’s degree in writing from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind. In her role at Aptera, Nikki enjoys learning and writing about the technology and strategy at work across the company.

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