Overview#Product Owner drives the product from the Organizational Entity's perspective.
Product Owner Responsibilities include:
- Define the User Stories and prioritize their Business value
- Determine the release date and User Stories included
- Take an active role in Iteration Planning and Release Planning meetings
- Ensure the Delivery Team is always working on the Business value User Stories
- Represent the voice of the customer
- Accept User Stories that meet the team's Definition of Done and defined acceptance criteria
- Managing the Product Backlog
- Clearly expressing Product Backlog items;
- Ordering the items in the Product Backlog to best achieve goals and missions;
- Optimizing the value of the work the Development Team performs;
- Ensuring that the Product Backlog is visible, transparent, and clear to all, and shows what the Scrum Team will work on next; and,
- Ensuring the Development Team understands items in the Product Backlog to the level needed.
The Product Owner is one person, not a committee. The Product Owner may represent the desires of a committee in the Product Backlog, but those wanting to change a Product Backlog item’s priority MUST address the Product Owner.
For the Product Owner to succeed, the entire organization MUST respect his or her decisions. The Product Owner's decisions are visible in the content and ordering of the Product Backlog. No one can force the Development Team to work from a different set of requirements.