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The Product Owner's Role in Technical Matters

26 December 2013

In a software company, it is common that the product owner role is given to the person who has previously worked as a programmer or who has peripheral knowledge about software. In an organizational structure, the ScrumMaster reports to the product owner, and that gives enough authority to the product owner to start interfering in technical aspects of the software development process.

In my experience, this makes the team dysfunctional. The product owner should never interfere and interact with team members on the technical aspects of the development task. It is very important to follow certain rules and be within their boundaries. Only good synergy between the ScrumMaster and the product owner can make a product successful.

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