Is Product Ownership a Full Time Job. Should it Be?

In today’s fast-paced world of technology and innovation, the role of a Product Owner has emerged as a linchpin in the success of modern businesses. With the relentless pursuit of delivering value to customers and staying ahead of the competition, organizations across various industries have come to recognize the importance of having a skilled Product Owner at the helm of their product development efforts. But what exactly is a Product Owner, and what does this role entail?  

In the ever-evolving landscape of modern business and technology, the role of a Product Owner has become increasingly pivotal. These individuals are entrusted with the responsibility of shepherding a product from inception to delivery, ensuring it aligns with user needs and business objectives.

However, the question that often arises is whether product ownership should be a full-time commitment. Is dedicating one’s professional life solely to this role truly necessary, or is there room for a more flexible approach? 

My answer to this question is absolutely yes and if you think Product Ownership or the way I think about Product Ownership is that I essentially see it as a Product Manager with an actual mindset of a person who does the Product Management work differently whilst using feedback loops to get closer to Stakeholder management and engagement with the Developers.  

You could also look at Product Owners as being the main function of all the components instead of just being a component alone. This is because a Product Owner encapsulates and brings everything together from the Stakeholder’s side all the way to collaborating and managing the Development Team.

So, with that being said, in my opinion, a Product Owner should be a full-time role because of the different responsibilities and expectations that are placed on them in the process of product development and delivery.  

If you want to learn more about Product Ownership, get in touch with Ralph and he’ll lead the way! 

About Effective Agile

Ralph Jocham is a Change Agent in Scrum // Agile // Coaching // Evidence Based Management and also a Professional Scrum Trainer based in Europe.

As one of the first Professional Scrum Trainers in the world, Ralph has worked directly with cocreator of #scrum, Ken Schwaber, and has played an integral part in the course development of the #PSPO (Professional Scrum Product Owner) as well as the delivery of all #scrum.org certified courses.

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