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Questions tagged [product-owner]

The product owner represents the stakeholders and is the voice of the customer. He or she is accountable for ensuring that the team delivers value to the business.

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Can a Product Owner be a developer in Scrum?

Can a Product Owner be a developer in Scrum? In theory, yes, but is it recommended by Scrum?
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In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner?

In Scrum, is a Scrum Master position higher than a Product Owner, in terms of organizational hierarchy? At work, traditional organizational charts are a must; how are Scrum Masters and Product Owners ...
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Product Owner is requesting a “confidence check” for reaching the MVP - How to in a Scrum project?

We're in a quite complex software engineering project with lots of unknowns due to new technologies involved that the Team has never applied nor have comparable experience. Due to these risks the ...
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Managing a Product Owner in a not-yet-agile organization

When my company was acquired, my 20-person development team gained a Product Owner who is energetic, engaged, and extremely idealistic. While many of the programmers on our team are familiar with ...
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Product Owners- Tips for engaging non-Engineering in the agile process

From my experience, in mid to large size software companies, agile most often grows out of the eningeering organization. Either grass roots up, from the team level, or exec sponsored from the ...
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How can we register the technical debt in Scrum?

Scrum emphasizes that all members of the team must know the technical debt of the product. But sometimes, this debt is not tangible as a simple to-do list. Should we register it as another task in the ...
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Should Product Owner be present on all retrospectives?

As a scrum master I will join new development team. Some additional information about environment: The team works iteratively, but they don't do any retrospectives, Previous scrum master (I'd ...
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In an agile consultancy, is the Client the Product Owner?

I'm interested in understanding how agile project management differs between a single product-focused team and a digital agency or software development consulting firm. For starters, in a situation ...
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Managing a project with the Boss/Owner as a Development Team Member

A friend of mine has come up with a great idea for a product. He has gathered up a group of friends, who think the idea rocks, and is well on the way to convincing them(/us) to donate 16 hours/week ...
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What to do when PO is taking over daily stand ups

I am a new scrum master for an established team. The PO gets along very well with team almost like buddies and is an ex-developer. This PO has started taking over my job of facilitating in the daily ...
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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

I keep reading that during Product Backlog Grooming the development team meets with the PM and the Product Owner and as a team prioritizes the features. Is it ultimately the Product Owner who decides ...
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Product Owner depending too much on the team

I am a Scrum Master for two different teams. The product owner of one of the teams left recently, so we have a new product owner. The team is fairly experienced with the product. Since the product ...
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How can we continuously integrate new features when the PO only determines whether a feature is “done” at the end of each Sprint?

My team is having an issue with integrating software product features. Specifically, when do features get pull requested into our integration branch of code? Currently our understanding is: The ...
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Is it OK for a Scrum Master to allow a developer to work on a story not prioritized by the Product Owner, if it is on own time?

Here is the story (no pun intended): The Product Owner had a fairly common feature prioritized in the second sprint. It was estimated with low story points. The story was completed and in testing the ...
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Do you include testing in the original estimate?

Our dev team estimates work in hours, but we do not include any testing time in the original estimate. For example if the devs say an item will take 4 hours that will become our estimate for that item,...
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In SCRUM is it okay to have a separate 'product owner' per story?

We have stories coming into the backlog from various business area owners, like product support, marketing, partner integration, etc. We have one Product Owner that manages overall backlog priority ...
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Is the Product Owner allowed to be at the Daily Scrum event?

Throughout the Scrum Open Assessments there often appears a question about who must attend to the Daily Scrum event. This is always correctly answered by saying that only the Development Team is ...
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How important is having the PO inside the team?

I believe the Product Owner is an important member of the team and needs to be as accessible as any other. I've recently been confronted by the idea that because the PO is part of 'the business' (i.e....
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How should a Scrum Master deal with an angry stakeholder during a PO meeting?

As a Scrum Master, recently attended a meeting set up by PO with stakeholders, one stakeholder was concerned that the budget was not being spent properly. It got heated. At the meeting, I was not ...
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What to do with a Product Owner who is not able to understand the role

I am a ScrumMaster for a team of developers and QA's with a Product Owner. I have tried unsuccessfully for the last year to get the PO to understand what the role of the PO entails and he just does ...
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Can the product owner remove user stories?

As a product owner, can I completely remove a story from the Product Backlog? I know everybody can add stories at anytime to the product backlog, but is the PO's only way to remove a story to put it ...
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Is dedicated product owner mandatory for a agile scrum team?

Team setup: We are primarily an IT development team of .Net+Java developers who work respectively on components based on these technology stacks only. About few weeks back our team has been asked to ...
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In scrum, does it ever make sense to hire a product owner?

I have seen a scrum team trying to hire a product owner. They advertise for scrum skills, and experience. Does it make sense to hire a product owner from outside the company? If I do what skills ...
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How to decide what features should be in MVP? [closed]

Is there any technique to make a decision whether to include the feature in MVP or not?
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From user stories to product, where and when to do graphic design?

We are taking our first steps in the Agile development world, and while we have a long path to follow, I'm having difficulties incorporating our graphic designer in the development process. The ...
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How shall developers clarify PBI during its implementation?

Should developers have direct communication with stakeholders during Product Backlog Items implementation for their clarification. Or should all communication go through Product Owner? On the Scrum ...
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How to leverage Agile development benefits in a fixed-cost project?

I recently joined a company that has started moving towards "more agile" development. I've already been product owner for an internal software project and that worked reasonably well as far as I can ...
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Should a Product Owner start testing while an item is in code review

We have a Product Owner (PO) who starts testing while an item is in code review and gives feedback to developers. I see, from the point of view of the PO, that this allows for quicker feedback. ...
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Should a Product Owner be present for all retrospectives?

We have a Scrum Team of a Product Owner and four developers (one of whom is Scrum Master), running one week sprints. As per Scrumguides.org (emphasis mine): The Sprint Retrospective is an ...
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When is the best time to create story tasks?

I have a team of developers who are relatively new to Agile and sprints (approx. 5 months now). Every time I walk into their sprint planning session, I do not like what I see. It's absolute silence ...
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Can we have a Sprint Zero with no deliverable code?

According to Ken Schwaber, “The minimum plan necessary to start a Scrum project consists of a vision and a Product Backlog. The vision describes why the project is being undertaken and what the ...
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Where should I keep track of open items from previous sprints?

I have been throwing "things that team will do later" (TTWDL) into the product backlog along with product functionality to be implemented. Needless to say it is now long and full of bugs/ tasks from ...
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Is “what browser do we have to support” in SCRUM an impediment or a user story?

The PO defined a user story, roughly saying: "As an employee want to use functionality X in our web interface". The functionality is well defined and for internal use in a large company, but during ...
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Product Owner in different time zone from scrum team

I am a product owner for a remote scrum team. I am on the east coast of the US. The scrum team is in India. This is a 10.5 hour time difference. I have been participating in their daily scrum at 6:...
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Committing the Product Owner to a sprint backlog with a contract

A short introduction to the question: I'm a Scrum Master in a small web development organization (10 employees) and we do a lot of projects that'll last for 3 or 4 sprints, with an average duration of ...
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How to address the “definition of done” in Scrum?

We have a starting team using scrum and we understand the value of establish a clear "definition of done" in our development. We have selected the set of things or processes a task must have to ...
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How to deal with clients' resistance to smaller deliveries?

When I read this question (Dealing with external departments continuous delivery / smaller feature scope), it made me think of our situation at work. The major difference, though, is that the ...
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How do I facilitate an effective planning meeting with a remote team?

Background I am a scrum master for a team consisting of a PO, team lead and 3 developers. The team lead and 3 developers are off-shore in a totally different timezone. The PO is in the same office as ...
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Should Product Owner be permament for team or can be changed from time to time?

We have situation that our team is making quite a big system. Company has divided parts of system into several Product Owners. So we are working with various Product Owners depending which part of the ...
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Influence code quality as Scrum Product Owner

Introduction: In theory, Scrum says that the development team is fully responsible and self-organized when it comes to all things related to development. This also includes code quality which imho is ...
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How to improve a Scrum-Team with a Product Owner who lacks authority

I'm the new Scrummaster of a Team that develops a software for a customer outside our company. This is my first time working as Scrummaster, I have no background in this field. Our company is just a ...
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Organisation fails to deliver a Product Owner

I am working in a Scrum-team that has been developing software for the past year. The organisation isn't used to agile product development and initially provided a weak product owner who was chosen ...
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How a newcomer PO could own the product if he does not have enough field knowledge yet?

A new PO was hired to the company, he has some experience in the role but he doesn't have experience in the product's area (financial). How can he owns the product and make definitions to it if he ...
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In Scrum, should we have a Customer Acceptance Testing (CAT) stage by the Product Owner?

In our Agile/Scrum process, should we have a Customer Acceptance Testing (CAT) stage when the Product Owner looks at what has been developed and acknowledges that it meets all acceptance criteria?
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Career Progression from Product Owner

I work for a multinational IT consultancy firm that has a number of 'software assets' that it sells and develops for its clients. I started with the company straight out of University in a software ...
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How should a Scrum Master handle a Product Owner who micromanages the team?

Currently working with the Product Owner/CEO in a Scrum role. My management style is starting to clash with the PO. His style of management is the following: working long hours and taking work home ...
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How to faciliate a retrospective for a group of Product Owners

I need to faciliate a retrospective for a bunch of product owners. I have a couple of ideas of how to run it but I would really like to get some input and ideas. Each product owner who is attending ...
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Could the Product Owner be a user of a user story in Scrum?

We have the most of our PBI in user story format: As a [user], I need [requirement], so that [reason]. I need to write some requirements affecting directly to the product but not exactly to any user,...
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How to address delivery of production fixes in scrum?

Say the product backlog has 90 stories and about 30 stories which make part of functionality of the application is developed and delivered during previous sprints. The PO choose to release this ...
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How to surface P.O. dysfunction in a retro

I am working with a team that had a P.O. that micro-manages the team, has a very directional approach to working with the team. Often asking them 'when things are finished' etc. I am obviously ...