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Product Owner descriptions:
- The Product Owner is a business oriented person, whose aim is to maximize the product value and the work of the Development Team.
- The Product Owners role belongs to one person from the performing organization rather than from the client.
- If there is a committee to handle the responsibilities of this role, there should still be only one person, the Product Owner, representing the committee.
- They do not need to have application area knowledge of the project but focused on the business aspect and understand how the business operates.
- The entire organization must respect the Product Owner decisions for the project to be successful and not even the CEO, should allow themselves to try to override those decisions.
- No one should tell the Development Team what item to deliver, except for the Product Owner who sets and orders the items.
- A Product Owner’s decisions might be influenced by others, but he/she must have the final say.
Product Owner responsibilities:
- The Product Owner is responsible for the Product Backlog. The Product Backlog is a prioritized list of items (aka stories or user stories) that the client expects from the project; this is the main planning tool in Scrum.
- It is also the responsibility of the Product Owner to make sure that each item (user story) is easy to understand for the Scrum Team, and other stakeholders.
- Product Owners understand the business, so they can rank each Product Backlog item based on its return on investment as well as any other factor they find suitable for the business point of view of the project. The items will be sorted based on their value, so the higher they are on the list, the sooner they will be developed by the Development Team.
- Product Owners should communicate effectively with the customer (the inevitable success factor in every project management method), and use the information to keep the Product Backlog updated with all the changes.
- They also measure the performance of the project, forecast the completion date, and make this information transparent to all stakeholders.
- A Product Owner might delegate some of his/her responsibilities (such as preparing the list of items for the Product Backlog) to the Development Team, but stays accountable for them.