Natural born facilitators, Product Owners have a discerning business sense and laser-sharp product vision. They always have their eyes on the ball and are not afraid of making trade-off decisions to keep a steady course towards the best possible solution. En route they create context and purpose for the squad and are responsible for driving engagement.
A product owner (PO) visualizes and drives the development of a product – an IT asset or a service. The PO defines and prioritizes the roadmap for products that stand to maximize business value. Product adoption strategy, performance and continuous improvement are also on their plate.
Skills & interactions: a business sense and excellent stakeholder management skills are key. Successful delivery is heavily assisted by clarity of purpose, ease of interaction and technical understanding, so driving engagement and managing expectations rank high in their skillset.