Confessions of a Silent Product Owner
This talk is my self-reflection as a Product Owner (PO) over the last year and a half. Coming from a technical background where techies “don’t talk much” and “work with their headphones on”, I too was more of a good listener into discussions and spoke only on select occasions. We are always taught to listen first and ask only if you are not clear. Especially in Indian context, asking questions are not encouraged much, and even in colleges profs are happy if you don’t engage them in discussions. And on top of it, if you belong to the tribe of introverts like me then you have had it. A combination of these factors ensured that, I too spoke little and only when needed and banked heavily on my work to do the talking.
If it seems like a familiar script, either of yourself or of somebody you know then I recommend that you attend the session.
This talk is centered on my learning and the move from a silent PO to an assertive PO, the challenges and the opportunities. The role of a PO is very delicate one and the person needs to have a very balanced approach. He/She can’t be a silent observer, and at the same time he/she can’t be an aggressive participant. “Silence is Golden” doesn’t applies to POs and the tribe needs to maintain the balanced communication channels while engaging all the stakeholders for the success of the project and that is what we will be focusing on in this session.
Outline/structure of the Session
- This session will follow a discussion of the scenario proposed
- It will egg on the participants to contribute and share giving them some comfort in breaking the shackles
- Will share my experiences and what I did to move on to "Highway Number 2" as I like to call it.
- "Silence is NOT golden" if you are in the role of Product Owner
- How do you break the shell you find yourself in
- How do you move from a good listener to the one who could lead a discussion comfortably
Product Owner, Product Manager, Project Manager, Business Analyst, Open to All