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Chapter 11. Role of the Product Owner

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.

—Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, scene 2

Is This a New Role?

In Chapter 1, we described the evolution of agile methods over the past decade or so, noting that when it comes to market share at least, the market is currently dominated by Scrum, followed by a Scrum/XP hybrid, then XP, then custom methods, then agile unified process, and so on. We are also seeing a growing influence of lean-agile hybrids and lean-kanban (and Scrum+Kanban) imple...


Cover of Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise


Product owner. Product manager. What's the difference? As a Product Owner, where do your responsibilities begin and end? How can you work with the product manager to help ensure a successful and timely delivery? The lesson will help clarify the distinctions between the two roles as well as providing another perspective on the responsibilities of the product owner.