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Consideration for a New Product Owner

Product Owner Role Overview

  • MUST – One person (2)
  • What happens when the Product Owner is not available or out of office?

Product Goal

  • How does the Product Owner develop the Product Goal?
  • How does the Product Owner communicate the Product Goal?
  • How does the Product Owner align the Product Goal with the business strategy (and other teams)?

Product Backlog Management

Product Backlog Ordering

  • Does the Product Owner have the knowledge to be able to order the backlog?
  • On what basis does the Product Owner order the Product Backlog?
  • How often does the order of the Product Backlog change? Why?

Tool

  • What does the Product Owner use to store the Product Backlog?
  • Is the Product Backlog visible?
  • Are there any personal tools the Product Owner uses in addition to the visible Product Backlog?

Product Backlog Items

  • Who constructs the Product Backlog Items?
  • How are Product Backlog Items communicated?
  • Check Product Backlog Items against positive and smells
  • Does the Product Owner understand all of the Product Backlog Items?

Forecasting

  • How does the Product Owner use the Product Backlog to forecast releases and deliveries?
  • How does the Product Owner communicate these forecasts?
  • How does the Product Owner handle changes to the forecasts?

Stakeholder Communication

  • Who are the Product Owner’s internal stakeholders?
  • What are the expectations in communication between the Product Owner and his/her/their stakeholders?
  • Does the Product Owner have direct contact with the customers?

Empowerment

  • Is the Product Owner’s decision respected with regards to order of the Product Backlog?
  • Is the Product Owner’s decision respected with regards to the forming of the Product Goal?
  • Is the Product Owner’s decision respected with regards to releasing functionality live?

Relationship with the Developers

  • How available is the Product Owner to the developers?
  • How do the developers and the Product Owner communicate?
  • Is there mutual respect between the respective responsibilities?

References

  1. Henrik Kniberg’s checklist
  2. The Scrum Guide

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