Yes, you can.
Agile purists will spend hours debating whether it is genuinely a product owner role or not if the rest of the team isn’t using Scrum to build that product but that is a matter of semantics.
I would argue that many successful companies already have some form of product ownership role within the firm.
Someone that acts as the CEO of that product and helps steer the team toward creating compelling products and services that truly delight customers.
So, do you need to operate in a Scrum environment to harness the benefits of product ownership?
No. You can set up the role and crack on without any barriers.
A great product owner acts as the CEO of the product.
They are the guardian of the brand and act as a custodian for quality.
They make decisions around what needs to be built and when those features, products and/or services need to be released.
They work with customers, product stakeholders and internal team members to refine the product and ensure that there is a clear priority for what is being built.
In many ways, the CEO or company founders act as the product owners.
It can only benefit your company to look at establishing a clear product owner and using the tools and resources available to Scrum Product Owners to make them more effective in the role.
We believe Scrum is one of the best ways to go about developing and continuously improving your products and services, but you don’t need to be a fully-fledged Scrum environment to start.
Frequently Asked Product Ownership Questions
- What is the difference between a Product Owner and a Project Manager?
- How is a product owner different to a product manager?
- Is a product owner a member of the development team?
- Do you need project management experience to be a Product Owner?
- How does a Product Owner integrate into a Scrum Team?
- Do project managers traditionally make great product owners?
- Is the product owner role a great fit for people in creative industries?
- Is there different levels of seniority for product owners?
- What are career opportunities for a Product Owner?
- What do Product Owners do?
- Do you need to be a developer to be a product owner for a software company?
- Can you create a Product Ownership role in a company that doesn’t do Scrum?
- What are some great traits of a product owner?
- How will I know if a product owner role is a great fit for me?
- Do product owners attend daily scrums?
- Do product owners interact and engage with project stakeholders?
- How does a product owner integrate into a marketing team?
- Do entrepreneurs make great product owners?
Frequently Asked Product Owner Training Questions
- What is a Certified Scrum Product Owner?
- Will I be able to lead product development after doing a CSPO course?
- What will you learn on a CSPO course?
- How well recognised and respected is the CSPO course?
- What do you need to know to sign up for the CSPO course?
- How well does a CSPO course prepare you to be a product owner?
- Do I get textbooks and course materials as part of my CSPO course?
- What would be a good certification path for a Product Owner?
- Are there different CSPO certifications and how do they differ?
- How long is the CSPO course and how is it configured?
- Is the CSPO course theoretical or practical?
- Do companies invest in CSPO courses or is it primarily individuals?
- How do I progress as a Product Owner?
- Would you recommend the CSPO course for entrepreneurs?