Product Owner assessment

During this week I received an email from Ruud Bruls who works as Agile Transformation Coach and Counsellor in Capgemini. If you want to reach him visit his Linkedin profile

Ruud told me the follow:

Do you like to know where you excel as a product owner and where you have chances for further improvement? Fill in the self assessment at Answering the questions will take no longer than a few minutes.”

I always interested in new tools to recommend to my clients and colleagues so I accessed on


There is a page called “Roles” where you can find the five different types of roles involved in the assessment.

  1. The usual role of Product Owner
  2. System Analyst role: The System Analyst oversees the products from a requirements perspective and comes with skills to make sure that the functionality delivered is complete and covers the features promised. He/she makes sure non functional requirements are well translated in the backlog and in the definition of done. Requirements analysts come with several techniques to elicit requirements and run feature workshops. By making clear to what extend stakeholder needs are fulfilled, they are able to align stakeholders on the features to be developed.
  3. Business Analyst role: who works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.
  4. Project Manager role: as the organization goes agile, certain aspects of your role remain essentially unchanged, such as:
    • Managing budgets – if project or department budgets fall under your oversight, you’ll still need to manage them. While you may see certain line items and allocations change as agile processes are tested and implemented, the basic budgetary process won’t.
    • Recruiting, hiring and firing
    • Putting out fires – inevitably, problems will occasionally arise that the individual or the team will not be able to solve on their own. As the manager, it’s still your responsibility to take that ball and run with it so everyone can get back to work.
  5. Product Manager role: he is often considered the director of the product and is responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and feature definition of that product. The position often also includes marketing, forecasting, and profit and loss responsibilities.

After you understand the roles you should take the assessment to discover where you have your sweet spots as a Product Owner.

The results would like similar to this:












With an explanation about the improvements that you (as Product Owner) should do.

To sum it up, you should try and give your opinion.



Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile. Why? I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible to implement it. Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.

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