Agile Playbook: Scrum Product Owner
The Product Owner is one of the three roles in Scrum. The main tasks of a Product Owner are to
- maximize the value of the product resulting from work of the development team and to
- manage the product backlog
These are the main tasks of a PO, so how does he or she work?
- The Product Owner OWNS the product
- He has a clear vision of the product
- The PO represents the customer, he/she is also in charge for the stakeholder management
- The PO is the only person managing the Product Backlog. He or she makes sure that the BL is
- clear to everyone involved → it is essential that BLI are described in a very clear way
- prioritized → everyone involved knows what the next steps are and what is most important
- visible & transparent → everyone involved has access to the BL
- These tasks don’t have necessarily to be done by the PO, but in any case, he is accountable for the Backlog.
- Like the Scrum Master, the PO is also a servant leader.
How does the Product Owner enable High Performance Teams?
The Product Owner enables High Performance Teams by:
- communication a clear mission
- sharing his knowledge about the product, the customer and the use cases with the team
- effectively managing the Backlog:
- BLI are expressed very clear, so that the dev team understands the content and the goal of the BLIs
- the BL is prioritized, so the next steps are very clear for the dev team and they know which items are most important
- the BL is visible and transparent
- by working closely together with the dev team. He/she is present and available for questions
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