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The Product Owner In Scrum: Responsibilities, Certifications & Tools

John Leo Weber
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September 2, 2020
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The Product Owner In Scrum: Responsibilities, Certifications & Tools

Scrum is a framework for organizing agile teams, and its processes and guidelines are essential for improving team productivity. A product owner is an individual on a scrum team that is responsible for managing the backlog of work and overseeing sprints. They are accountable to the team, the business and the end customer, and need agile tools with flexibility to respond to customer needs. ProjectManager is a cloud-based software with kanban boards that visualize workflow, allow product teams to manage their backlog and collaboratively plan sprints. Product owners get visibility into the process so they can reallocate resources as necessary to avoid roadblocks.

The Scrum Guide breaks the product owner's responsibility down into five specific items: clearly expressing product backlog items, ordering the items in the backlog to best achieve goals and missions, optimizing the value of the work the development team performs, ensuring that the product backlog is clear and understood by all, and ensuring the development team understands items in the product backlog to the level needed. Product Owner vs. Product Manager are two roles used in agile teams and organizations, with the primary difference being in the scope of their work. Product Owner is responsible for the tactical and hands-on management of the development team, while a product manager has a broader responsibility of strategically managing the product in terms of the product vision, the product-market fit and the adoption of the product.


Product owner, scrum framework, agile team productivity, cloud-based software, kanban boards

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John Leo Weber
The Product Owner In Scrum: Responsibilities, Certifications & Tools
September 2, 2020
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