The Perfect Product Owner Checklist

checklist for traits of a good product owner poThe product owner in agile scrum is dedicated to making sure the team focuses on the highest priority customer-centric requirements.   A good product owner is knowledgeable and can build rapport with the team and with other stakeholders for a project.   When you select a product owner for your team, it is helpful to consider whether they have the following characteristics in the workplace:

  • Patient
  • Focused on customer needs
  • Listens well
  • Speaks clearly
  • Leads when needed, guides when possible
  • Informed about the product
  • Responsible 
  • Accountable
  • Reasonable
  • Builds key relationships
  • Good negotiator
  • Fair
  • Proactive
  • Empowered to make good decisions
  • Detail-oriented

While no one individual may have all of these traits, it is important to consider whether the future product owner a) meets most of these characteristics, or b) is willing grow into these characteristics.   What are some other characteristics of good product owners?

One Response to “The Perfect Product Owner Checklist”

  1. John says:

    The best product owners in our company definitely have many of these traits, but I think the key to a good product owner is the ability to connect with their team well.