Over the past few months, I was given the opportunity to try out the life of a Product Owner (PO), alongside retaining my responsibilities as an engineer. The life of a PO has always intrigued me since I joined trivago 2 years ago, and I always found myself unofficially taking on roles that were traditionally done by them. Things like reaching out to stakeholders for collaboration, thinking about KPIs and impact, and general “aligning”. Perhaps it’s because I simply love the sound of my own voice, but I’ve always felt a particularly high level of gratification from contributing in meetings. “Aligning” is an overused word in the workplace, but it is the best to describe where I derive my professional gratification from, outside of building things with code.