Poster: An empirical study of the product owner role in Scrum

Bass, J ORCID:, Beecham, S, Razzak, MA, Canna, CN and Noll, J 2018, Poster: An empirical study of the product owner role in Scrum , in: International Conference on Software Engineering, 27 May - 2 June 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden.

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The Product Owner (PO) is critical for translating business needs into a software implementation by gathering and prioritizing requirements, and assessing whether features have met the definition of “done.” There is a paucity of detail about how POs achieve this daunting task in practice with potential negative consequences for project success.

In this research we employed a mixed-method approach comprising two case studies in which we interviewed and observed 55 practitioners across 9 large multi-national companies and an SME. Using a cross-case analysis we identified twelve distinct Product Owner activities. From our empirical findings we created a Product Owner role taxonomy and found eight generic activities common to all teams, projects and companies regardless of project size.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: International Conference on Software Engineering
Publisher: ACM Digital Library
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Depositing User: Dr Julian M. Bass
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 14:02
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 23:00

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