For the product owner, it’s easy to feel like there’s a lot riding on your shoulders. For the product owner, it’s easy to feel like there’s a lot riding on your shoulders.
You have to balance the needs of your customers with those of your developers, and you need to keep an eye on both progress and deadlines. There are lots of different ways for ensuring that you’re doing everything necessary for success, and we’ll cover them here in a series of tips for improving your product owner skills.
1. Do you lack confidence in your product owner skills?
A good product owner can make or break a product, and it’s important to have a good understanding of what it means to be a good product owner.
Here are a few tips to help you become a better product owner:
Take a free Udemy course on product management. School graduates and non-school graduates can learn this expensive course for free — even if you don’t have prior product management experience. Once you have a basic understanding of the concepts and tools, other course modules can help expand your knowledge.
Beginner’s digest: Take a couple of hours to brush up on the terminology. Be sure to list all acronyms, key terms, and the various ways to present information in the body of your copy. Your customers will appreciate the effort you’re making to explain what you do, how the technology you use works, how your products work, and the essential functions of your business.
Developer digest: Rich lists are a great way to know about features, functionality, and planned features (and of course bugs!), especially for dev teams. Take note of which features are common and which features require reviewing the dev wiki. What are tests? How are you app store and other review metrics scored? What development lifecycle questions do you expect to be asked regularly? What are those questions and when do you plan to have answers? Develop based on the questions, not the features.
Know your market. For example, if you manufacture optical components, you can use this Udemy course to learn about the business prospects in the electronics industry. This course will also help you determine how the supply chain will work, and what is likely to drive growth.
Design a Lean Product. Lean product development focuses on reducing cost and increasing product life cycles, while addressing and addressing customer pain points. In Lean Product Development, you don’t want to spend time on features and widgets that aren’t needed and aren’t essential to your product’s success. Consider the benefits of implementing features you haven’t fully thought through.
2. Make sure your team understands the product you’re developing
Find ways to make yourself available for your team.
3. Set realistic goals and expectations for your team
4. Align your goals with those of the company, and make sure they have buy-in from management
5. Be aware of new developments so that you know if any changes need to be made to your product or timeline
Step 1: Build a product owner tree
- Reviewing and delivering reports