The Product Owner is a key role in a Scrum team. I am not saying it is the most important role in the team (Scrum doesn’t advocate team hierarchy or reporting lines) but in my experience I have found that a Scrum team works more effectively with a strong Product Owner. Whilst they aren’t required or expected to lead the team, showing strong knowledge of their product and ownership of the work they ask the team to do are key components for an effective PO/scrum team relationship.

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