What is a Product Owner and what are their functions

By March 23, 2020 March 25th, 2020 Redmine

When a company works on a project using Agile Scrum methodologies, a key figure or role emerges, the Product Owner. This role has well-defined functions, and they are of such importance that a poor choice of a Product Owner, or poor decisions by the Product Owner, can cause a project to cease to be Agile.

Next, we’ll look at what a Product Owner is and what their main responsibilities are in a Scrum project.

What is a Product Owner 

The Product Owner is a Scrum role that aims to manage the product, being in charge of defining the priorities in the development of the work, deciding which processes or actions are done and which are not.

Within the development team, the Project Manager is the director of the project, the Scrum Master is the facilitator who ensures the application of the Scrum practices, and the third important role is the Product Owner, who is presented as the representative of the client. The Product Owner is the connoisseur of what the client wants and what his needs are, allowing him to guide the team in the approach to the client.

What are the responsibilities of a Product Owner

The role of the Product Owner has a series of specific functions within the Scrum team, being its main responsibilities:

Maximize the value delivered

The Product Owner is responsible for ensuring that the delivery to the customer is of the highest possible value. He must know both the company and the customer, to know what you want to build and to be able to define new elements and tasks that provide value.

He is responsible for responding to customers and management, so he must actively participate in this process to ensure that maximum value is achieved at the lowest possible cost.

Participate in the definition of the Product Backlog

The product stack or backlog is a list of the tasks to be performed during the development of a project. The Product Owner, given his great knowledge of the client, must be present in the definition of this type of task.

Leading the planning and review of tasks

The Product Owner must act as a leader during the planning of the sprints as well as in the review of the status of the sprints (for this purpose he can use tools such as the Resources plugin for the Redmine project manager).

Define the objective of each sprint

The final objective of each task must be defined by the Product Owner to ensure that it is aligned with the client’s needs. To do so, he must work with the development team, keeping the focus on the Sprint Goal.

Explain the Product Backlog

The list of tasks must be explained to the members of the Scrum team, with the Product Owner being in charge of doing so, as he has extensive knowledge of the client, the company and has participated in the definition of the Product Backlog.

The Product Owner will be in charge of commenting and encouraging feedback on the project’s task list.

The Product Owner is a role that acts as the customer’s point of view within a Scrum team. His role is of vital importance since he is in charge of defining the different tasks to be performed during the execution of a project, as well as defining the objective of each sprint.

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