It depends on what you mean by lead.
You won’t be able to tell people how to do their jobs and you won’t be able to tell people what to do. That is more in the domain of project management than product ownership.
You will, however, be able to articulate and communicate a strong product vision, purpose and mission that inspires your scrum team to develop the best possible version of the product they are capable of.
You will be able to break an epic story of the product into small, workable items that can be prioritised in a backlog for the development team to work through.
You will be able to collaborate with others to identify which elements of product development will truly delight customers and emphasise why it is important to do so.
So, ‘leadership’ in the form of inspiring others and providing a very clear pathway to success is definitely on the cards but ‘leadership’ in the context of management will not be on your agenda at all.
Will you be ready to assume the role of a Scrum Product Owner in a Scrum Team after completing the CSPO course?
You will be at the very start of your journey in product ownership but you will be capable of getting on with the job from day one. You will be able to take ownership of the role and begin to learn through creative collaboration with others and a process of continuous improvement.
In the beginning, you will rely on the guidance of your scrum team, product stakeholders and customers but over time, your confidence in terms of decision-making in the product space will grow.
Scrum is a process of continuous improvement and learning. Your career as a product owner is no different. You will also grow and nurture your career as you move through your apprenticeship phase and onto the advanced, journeyman phase of your career.
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?