Questions To Ask Your Mentor

Finding a good mentor, difficult as that may be, doesn’t get you out of the woods. Following are questions I’ve found helpful to jumpstart a conversation and, assuming you take good notes, will leave you with plenty of areas to improve.

  • What would you do if you were me?
  • What can I do better?
  • How do you spend most of your time?
  • How do you get buy-in from multiple people?
  • How do you communicate with other leaders?
  • How do you say no?
  • If you wanted to encourage innovative ideas, how would you go about it?
  • What resources would you recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader?
  • Who else would you recommend I connect with?

Make Your Work Visible

Kanban progress board

One of the Product Owner’s most important roles is to make the development team’s work visible within the organization. Developers may too easily become self-contained with no view outside of the work they’re doing.

Lifting the curtain and making others aware of what’s being built reminds the engineering team that their work affects actual people: customers who are paying for an end product.

Showcasing a team’s work also provides a sense of accomplishment for your team, allowing them to take pride in a product that was built with love and attention to detail.

Showcase your team’s work by sending emails to your entire organization or the department that’s affected by a new release. Hang a progress board on the wall with old school sticky notes or index cards. And celebrate when quality work is released.