- You never actually used a similar product.
- You were never annoyed by the limits of existing product (competing or not)
- You understand the high level basics of the needed solution. No more.
- You answer almost every question with “I’ll go ask”
- Since your main source of input is the development team, your Product Backlog is filled with horizontal and technical items.
- Feedback mostly comes from stakeholders during Sprint Reviews.
- Putting your foot down sounds like a feather hitting the floor.
- You are unable to quickly and convincingly state the Vision of “your” product.
- You call meeting after meeting and then a few more meetings with your development team since Mr. Stakeholder 2 overturned the request of Mr. Stakeholder 1, and then back again.
- Your budget is…..Well you don’t really have one.
You don’t have that twinkle in your eye when you talk about “your” product.
If you recognize yourself, I must inform you that you are a Product Clerk :
1 a person employed in an office to keep records and accounts and to undertake other routine administrative duties.
…and not a Product Owner.
You might be tempted to use a cooler name like « Proxy Product Owner » but the end result is the same.