After my last post on the role of the Scrum Master I have been asked if I could write a similar role description for the Scrum Product Owner.
Here’s my view of the role:
The Product Owner
The product owner is a visionary who can envision the final product and communicate the vision.
The product owner is also the person who sees the vision through to completion. This includes describing features, collaborating and communicating with the delivery team, accepting or rejecting work results, and steering the project by tracking and forecasting its progress.
The Product Owner points the team at the right target, the Scrum Master helps the team get to the target as efficiently as possible. In other words: The product owner is the what-person, the Scrum team are the how-people.
In general the Product Owner …
- is responsible for that the team builds the right product
- manages ROI and makes sure to deliver business benefits