Project Manager and Product Owner

Public on March 24, 2017

The role of the project manager

The project manager has the overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling, and closure of a project.

The role of the product owner

The product owner is responsible for:
  • Product success
  • Understanding user/customer needs and business goals
  • Acting as the liaison between stakeholders and development team
  • Owning the product on behalf of the company
  • Being empowered to make any necessary decisions


Comparing the project manager (PM) and product owner (PO) roles

  • The project manager is strategic and outbound, whereas the product owner is technical and tactical -- inbound.
  • The PM aligns with other PMs, marketing, sales, and customers, whereas the PO aligns with the stakeholders and the development team.
  • The PM defines the project scope, whereas the PO defines iteration objectives.
  • The PM creates a project plan and writes the work breakdown structure (WBS), whereas the PO creates the product backlog and writes acceptance criteria.
  • The PM owns the vision and release, whereas the PO owns the implementation and iteration.
  • The PM optimizes the time, costs, and budgets; the PO optimizes business value.
  • The PM manages the project team, project schedule, and risks; the PO leads product backlog grooming to decompose/establish stories.


Source : collection from Internet




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