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International SCRUM Master Foundation (Scrum Guideline 2020)

Steen Lerche-Jensen

4.2 Product Owner

The Product Owner is accountable for maximizing the value of the product resulting from the work of the Scrum Team. How this is done may vary widely across organizations, Scrum Teams, and individuals.

The Product Owner is also accountable for effective Product Backlog management, which includes:

Product Owner are accountable for

Product Goal

(Developing and explicitly communicating the Product Goa)

Product Backlog items

(Creating and clearly communicating Product Backlog items)

Ordering Product Backlog items

(Ordering Product Backlog items)

Product Backlog is transparent, visible and understood (Ensuring that the Product Backlog is transparent, visible and understood)

The Product Owner may do the above work or may delegate the responsibility to others. Regardless, the Product Owner remains accountable.

For Product Owners to succeed, the entire organization must respect their decisions. These decisions are visible in the content and ordering of the Product Backlog, and through the inspectable Increment at the Sprint Review.

Scrum Product Owner

The Product Owner

The Product Owner is one person, not a committee. The Product Owner may represent the needs of many stakeholders in the Product Backlog. Those wanting to change the Product Backlog can do so by trying to convince the Product Owner.