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After thinking about this some more, I would say simply: "The answer is no." The PO is the liaison between the business and the team, representing the business's perspective on what is going on (as an "input" to the team), as well as communicating status to the business (as an "output"). And that needs to be their full-time ...


Suppose the development team are developing a product for themselves. The PO could easily be in the team. That might not fit the precise definition of Scrum team, but then Agile doesn't say you have to use Scrum. Self-organising teams - so organise in whatever way works.

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