When working in the scrum team, there are different positions that need to be filled and to which different responsibilities are assigned. One of them describes the Product Owner .

As manager of the product backlog, he leads the development team and is responsible for increasing the value of the product. What else a product owner does in his daily work, I would like to describe in more detail in this article.

The Product Owner in the Scrum Team Hierarchy

Within Scrum, the product owner can be found in the field of project and product management. Since the Scrum model itself is designed to break down large tasks into smaller subtasks, transforming complex issues into more easily recoverable individual problems, the product owner has the task of closely monitoring the development of the project. This means, for example, that you have to optimize and adjust the pre-long-term plan regularly through many small and continuously running sprint goals. Although he is responsible for important decisions in the team, his position does not necessarily hold all competences and responsibilities. For example, the product owner may still make an important change, but need to have it verified by other team members. This way, Scrum ensures that overall control over the project is improved.

The central tasks

Broadly speaking, the product owner in the scrum team assumes four central responsibilities:

  • Maximizing the product value
  • the leadership of the development team
  • management of the product backlog
  • Taking on all essential responsibilities

In order to efficiently maximize the value of a product, the product owner must therefore regularly keep an eye on development progress. In the context of Scrum, this means that he is responsible not only for monitoring, but also for achieving sprint goals. Since the team works together to achieve the desired product result, it is also their task to lead its team conscientiously and effectively. However, this does not only mean that he has to distribute tasks and responsibilities wisely. In addition, it is important that it ensures that all backlog entries made are visible and transparent. This is the only way to create a value-enhanced end product in line with the right communication. The product owner must also discuss the progress in regular consultations with management and stakeholders.

Regular reviews also clarify whether, product backlog entries are edited and that the “Done” property can be assigned to them.

And these product backlog entries also encompass a significant part of the product owner’s work. After all, he is responsible for the correct management of this. In the course of this, he has to sort and prioritize the respective entries. With responsibility for all significant responsibilities regarding his position, he is also the only one able to make changes to the product backlog. These can be, for example, decisions about whether to adjust a sprint goal or finish it prematurely.

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