A Product Owner’s job comes prepackaged with fun stress-filled responsibilities. Balancing business goals and team experience with finding time to refine your backlog, all while inspiring your team, can leave you overwhelmed in a puzzling mess. Worse, not settling your debt with stress can leave you paying the price with your health. Here are three quick tips to put you back on track.
Step Back and Trust Your Team
Once you’ve defined “What” needs to be built and in “What Order”, let go. Let your team handle the small details, the “How”. Self-organizing and ownership are at the heart of strong, effective Scrum teams. You’ll feel better giving your team autonomy with the extra benefit of your team loving you all the more for it.
Replace Schedule Driven Planning with Business Value Planning
Focus your attention on requirements that give the business the most value first. Set realistic goals with your stakeholders and team.
Use Your ScrumMaster
Refresh yourself on what a ScrumMaster does for his/her team. ScrumMasters can help you refine your backlog, remove distractions for you and your team, run meetings, and oh so much more. Don’t put everything on yourself, you have a team.
I want to see you, your team, and your projects succeed. If you feel overwhelmed and need help or guidance, please feel free to contact me via LinkedIn.