Creative Match: Successfully Utilizing BA’s as Product Owners
Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019
Mutual of Omaha Insurance started an Enterprise Business Agility Initiative with a goal to deliver value to customers quicker. Stable Teams were formed with cross functional staff (including a leadership triangle), a prioritized backlog, co-located, working together daily and practicing Agile. A key role on the triangle was the Product Owner (PO). The PO was traditionally a Senior Manager from Product Operations. However, the demand for co-locating and working together daily became a challenge for the PO’s. Mutual tried different PO alternatives including sharing duties, refining roles and providing PO assistants. Utilizing Business Analysts (BA) in this role was a creative solution that played upon the strengths and knowledge of the BA’s. The BA’s were also challenged to operate on a higher level as a PO but still rely on their core fundament competencies to make a successful transition to PO’s. Mutual’s Case Study will highlight retrospective challenges and best practices to create this successful PO model using Business Analysts.
- Understand the Product Owner role and what Business Analyst competencies align with these duties
- Understand the BA career ladder and what skills, experience and attributes are essential to transition to the PO role
- Review key challenges and lessons learned as the BA transitioned into the PO role
- Discussion on “Would the PO role be a good fit for you?”