Working as a Product Manager or a Product Owner is simultaneously rewarding and challenging. Having the opportunity to create a new product that makes users’ lives easier or better is exciting and energising. However aligning, guiding, and influencing the various stakeholders can feel like herding cats.

This is a tough role to fill and requires the development and mastery of many skills, characteristics and traits. This self assessment tool is a starting point for those in this role, or looking to take on this role. It will give you a high-level snapshot of your assessment of your abilities in a number of characteristics that I have found in many great Product Owners over the years.

How It Works

You will be given a number of statements and you will be asked to assess yourself as to how much you agree with that statement in terms of your current ability.

For example, if you saw the following statement:

The team is ultimately responsible for delivery

If you agree strongly with this statement then you would score yourself high, perhaps an 8, 9 or 10 out of 10.

If you disagree strongly with this statement then you would score yourself low, perhaps a 3, 2 or 1 out of 10.

Spend a little time thinking about it but also be mindful of your instinctive response – the thought that comes to mind instantly when you read it. This can sometimes be an interesting indicator.

Welcome to our DRIVEN Self-Assessment

This is not meant to be a scientifically precise assessment tool. There are many characteristics other than these that can be useful when being a Product Owner for a team. You may score yourself differently depending on what mood you wake up in so your scores are not to be taken too literally.

The point here is for you to get an indication of your strengths, and also an indication of where you might like to focus your energies in terms of self-development.

For each statement, give yourself a score out of 10 for how well you think your current abilities and behaviours are to it. For example, if you think that statement describes you perfectly, then score yourself a 10.

Feel free to add a comment for yourself in the text box underneath. You may choose to add an example of where you demonstrated this recently or perhaps a note to yourself of how you would like to improve this area. The information in this tool is for your use only.

You can use this tool as many times as you like so feel free to come back over time and see how you are progressing but please be sure to use your real email address if you would like to receive a report for your records.

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