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A critical role in the product-driven enterprise

In a product-driven organization, the product owner is like the CEO of the product. They have a crucial role in driving the development and delivery of successful products that meet the needs of customers and the organization's strategic goals. This “CEO of the product” is crucial to a product-driven organization's success because this one person ensures a clear sense of direction and leadership for the product while taking over accountability.

The CEO of the product

The product owner plays a critical strategic role in a product-driven organization, akin to that of a CEO. They are responsible for ensuring the success of the product by overseeing its development, growth, and profitability. This requires working closely with cross-functional teams, including developers, designers, marketers, and customer support, to ensure that the product meets all customer and business requirements. To achieve success in this role, the product owner needs to have excellent communication and collaboration skills to translate customer and business needs into product features that align with the product vision. They must have a deep understanding of the market and the competition, as well as the product's technical capabilities and limitations, to make informed decisions about the product's direction, features, and roadmap. Ultimately, it’s the product owner who is responsible for prioritizing features that are likely to have the biggest impact on the product's success. Product owners manage the product backlog and see to it that the team delivers the most significant value to customers and the business.

Critical role of product management in driving a product-driven organization

Having a strong product owner is crucial to becoming a product-driven organization. The product owner drives the development and delivery of successful products. They are like a CEO for their product, taking charge of everything from ideation to launch and beyond.

By having a product owner who is passionate about the product, understands the market, and has the authority to make decisions, the organization can move quickly as well as efficiently to meet the requirements of their customers. The product owner takes full charge and responsibility for the product's success, including profit and loss.

Without a strong product owner, the development process can become fragmented and inefficient. The organization may lack direction and focus, leading to delays and missed opportunities. A product-driven approach requires clear leadership, and the product owner provides that leadership by setting goals, making decisions, and keeping everyone aligned with the product vision.

Eventually, the success of a product-driven organization hinges on the ability of the product owner to drive innovation and deliver value to customers. By empowering a strong product owner, organizations can position themselves to achieve success in today's competitive market.

Making the “CEO of the product” real

As a senior leader in a product-driven organization, empowering the product owner to operate independently and take ownership of the product's success is crucial. The first step in finding the right person for the job is to look for individuals who have a passion for the product and a deep understanding of the market and competition. Once you have identified the right person, it is important to provide them with the resources and support they need to succeed. This includes giving them the required authority to take decisions, providing access to cross-functional teams, and creating a culture of trust and collaboration. It's also essential to ensure that you don't block the product owner in their work, as this can hinder their ability to drive the product forward.

To empower the "CEO of the product," it is important to provide them with the necessary resources and support, including access to the right tools, adequate staffing and budget, and clear communication channels. It is also essential to find someone who is passionate about the product and is committed to its success. The ideal candidate should know the market and customer requirements inside out, along with being able to lead and collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams. Additionally, ongoing training and development opportunities should be provided to help the product owner stay abreast with the latest trends and techniques in the world of product management. By investing in the development of the product owner, you can ensure that they have the skills and knowledge needed to lead the product-driven organization to success.

Empowering the product owner is critical in a product-driven organization. By finding the right person, providing them with the necessary resources and support, and investing in their ongoing development, you can help your organization become a product-driven powerhouse in the market.


This article is the first part of our 3-part series of blogs on becoming a product-driven enterprise. To read the other blogs of this series, check out these links:


As an ICAgile transformation member, Nagarro offers a Product Management Masterclass that explains how to become a product-driven enterprise. Find out more!