Who does a product owner typically report to?



  • I'm trying to understand better how scrum teams fit into actual organizations.

    I understand that Scrum is only concerned with the structure of the scrum team - I'm just looking for some examples here as to who a project owner of a scrum team might actually report to. A director of engineering? Someone on the product side? Is there any convention here? I've heard the phrase "manager" thrown vaguely around with reference to scrum, does this refer to the person that the PO reports to? Thanks!



  • The Product Owner is the person who is directly accountable to business stakeholders for the product and ideally is herself a senior business stakeholder or a nominated representative of a department or management team. It's often the case that they are also a business unit manager, perhaps reporting to a sales, marketing or operations director. Typically, being a product owner will not be the PO's main or only responsibility, although in recent years there has been a trend of appointing full-time Product Owners, reporting up to a product manager, director or "change" team.

    The PO is not and should not be a project manager because their focus should be on business needs and never on management of a project team.



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