Corporate Product Ownership: A Stepping Stone to Product Management

Use it then lose it on your path to becoming a kick ass Product Manager

Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash

The Good

Getting into a career in Product Management is a bit of a mystery, and like most people I’ve talked to, I stumbled into the role by accident.

  • You will learn how to communicate desired change in software / hardware to engineers through a backlog
  • You will learn how to facilitate and be part of solution creation
  • You will learn how to bridge the gap between business and technology

The Bad

When I started to feel like a glorified Backlog Manager I started to feel frustrated.

This picture still gives me nightmares….

Example: The case for Self Service in Personal Insurance.

The business case came complete with a full cost and time estimate, along with having a payback period of 2.5 to 3 years (This was the threshold to meet to get the business case approved internally. It also described at a high level what the feature would be. Only then was it handed to us to size. Can you see a fatal flaw here?

The Ugly

I have to give massive praise to all the Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters who are trying to transform corporations to move away from traditional command and control styles to autonomous and accountable teams.

Overall Thoughts

You can be a kick ass Corporate Product Owner, there is a huge need for them to help large companies evolve the way the create technology products and services.

  • Constantly reorganizing a roadmap and backlog to fit things in — a.k.a Project Managing / Backlog Manager.
  • You don’t feel accountable for the outcome of your changes, only accountable for delivering the change itself.
  • You are being handed solutions, not problems.

What do you get when you take a Kiwi that studied Bio and Psych and throw him at technology! A weird and wonderful mix. Head of Product @ HATCH

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