Richard Larson shares his experiences as an accidental Product Owner and provides tips and advice for others moving toward a role in Product Ownership.

Show Notes

It’s tough to play two roles at once.  If you’re expected to perform your normal business analysis activities and also function as a Product Owner, those two things sometimes pull at each other.

If you’re forced to do both, make sure that you and others are aware of the role you’re playing.

This leads to several other lessons learned including focusing too much on the “how” and not on the “what” and how to avoid the curse of knowledge.

Listen to the full episode to hear Richard’s story and get tips and advice for moving into a Product Owner role.

Tips and Advice for Accidental Product Owners
Your Homework

Understand in your organization and on your team how far your authority goes. Are you authorized to make decisions? Do you make recommendations and help others decide?

Also, be aware of the need to balance out the more detailed nature of being a Business Analyst versus the bigger picture, business oriented aspects of the Product Owner.

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Richard Larson, PMP, CBAP, PMI-PBA

Richard Larson is a successful entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in business analysis, project management, training, and consulting. He has presented workshops and seminars on BA and PM topics to over 10,000 participants on five different continents. He has contributed as a lead author to the BA Body of Knowledge version 2.0 and 3.0 and other publications and co-authored five books on business analysis.


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