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.