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Scrum Product Owner - International Scrum Institute

The Scrum Product Owner is a central role within the Scrum Framework. Most of the responsibilities of the classical product manager and the project manager are combined within this single role.

He represents the end customer and/or other stakeholders and is responsible for maximizing the value of the product by ensuring that the right work is done at the right time.

As a consequence this means of course that the Scrum Product Owner has to work very closely with the Scrum Team and coordinates their activities over the whole lifetime of the project. No one else is allowed to tell the development team to work from a different set of priorities.

The Scrum Product Owner has a number of responsibilities:

  • Managing the Scrum Product Backlog
  • Release Management
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Work closely with the Scrum Team

Of course the Scrum Product Owner can delegate certain activities (like physically maintaining the Scrum Product Backlog), but in the end he remains responsible.

Managing the Scrum Product Backlog

The Scrum Product Owner is the only person allowed to manage the contents of the Scrum Product Backlog. This means he has to:

  • Create, maintain and clearly describe the Scrum Product Backlog items
  • Prioritize the items to best achieve goals and mission
  • Ensuring that the Scrum Team understands the items in the Scrum Product Backlog

Release Management

The Scrum Product Owner is responsible for reaching the project goals. He creates and maintains the release plan and decides about deliveries, functionalities and therefore about the costs of a project.

He manages the Scrum Team by and prioritization of appropriate Scrum Backlog items.

Stakeholder Management

External stakeholder should not communicate directly with the Scrum Team. Instead the Scrum Product Owner should collect and discuss required functionalities with the different Stakeholders (e.g. customer, marketing, service etc). These requirements are then combined and filtered before giving it to the team in the form of prioritized Scrum Product Backlog Items.

Work closely with the Scrum Team

For a successful project it is important that the Scrum Product Owner and the Scrum Team work together very closely. He is responsible that everyone in the Scrum Team understands what is required.

The Scrum Product Owner is also responsible for checking and accepting the Sprint results during the Sprint review session.

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