Key in scrum software development, Product Owners guide the project’s vision and team communication to create the most successful deliverables. The Product Owners (PO’s) at VentureDevs have often been described as “the team’s quarterback” by clients who understand their immense value.
Never worked with a Product Owner before? Many of our clients find themselves in that very position when they start working with VentureDevs. So, we sat down with Stephen Quenzer, the Director of DevOps at LifeCents (an award-winning financial education app and multiyear VentureDevs client), to talk about just how big of an impact their VentureDevs Product Owner had on their project.
SQ: Initially, I thought that it was probably a waste of money. I thought: “I can handle this team. Why would we pay for an additional resource who's basically taking over what I'm already doing?” But looking back, there is absolutely no way I could have done it successfully without our VentureDevs PO. Given my own time and resource constraints, it would have been impossible to manage the team by myself without taking me away from my other responsibilities.
From a time zone perspective, a language perspective, and even probably a cultural one, our PO was invaluable because she was able to make sure that everybody was doing what they needed to and they were able to ask questions and get them answered efficiently. Since I was pulled in so many different directions, I would not have been able to do that for the team.
From helping analyze goals, users, and market value to prioritizing features, setting up effective workflows, managing an ongoing backlog and acting as master problem solver, the PO is one of the most raved about teammates across our client projects.
An often undervalued role outside of software development, we see the Product Owner as a central character to ensuring our clients’ success. If you are ready to find out how a PO will benefit your next software project, reach out to our team for a free tech consultation.