Scrum Master and Product Owner Relationship: Theory and Reality

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McMenamins Ringlers Pub

1332 W Burnside St · Portland, OR

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According to the Scrum Guide, the Scrum Master serves the Product Owner in several ways, including:

Ensuring that goals, scope, and product domain are understood by everyone on the Scrum Team as well as possible;
Finding techniques for effective Product Backlog management;
Helping the Scrum Team understand the need for clear and concise Product Backlog items;
Understanding product planning in an empirical environment;
Ensuring the Product Owner knows how to arrange the Product Backlog to maximize value;
Understanding and practicing agility; and,
Facilitating Scrum events as requested or needed.

That said, every Scrum Master and Product Owner are a unique person with a differing set of skills and experience. Scrum Masters may help to make sprint planning engaging, or perhaps assist with Stakeholder education. Maybe Product Owners have enlisted their Scrum Masters in helping the team focus on the product mission and vision. Product Owners could struggle with an over-eager Scrum Master constantly "improving" the backlog tool with new and changing configurations. Or perhaps your Product Owner is showing up in daily stand-ups, asking why something isn't done yet...

What have you done as a Scrum Master to assist - or perhaps mitigate an undesired impact - of your Product Owner? What have you, Product Owner, wished for in your Scrum Master? Bring your questions and your experience, and share with your community!

Everyone is invited. You are always welcome within our community of practice. Please join us at Ringlers Pub for great food, great conversation, and good beer.