Explore the roles and structures of a Product Owner in a Scrum team hierarchy. Learn about their reporting structure, their authority and potential career progression paths.
Who is the boss of Product Owner?
Many companies don’t have a dedicated person as a Scrum Master. However, the absence of a Scrum Master does not justify the Product Owner behaving as the team’s manager. The Product Owner has no authority over developers. The Product Owner and Scrum Master are the team’s peers.
What is the hierarchy of Product Owner structure?
Product Owner Hierarchies Each product owner looks after one team. The product owners form a product owner team with product owner B acting as the chief product owner. Even though there is a chief product owner, the product owner hierarchy is flat.
Who should Product Owner report to?
A product owner will sit within a product team as the gateway to the development team. They will likely report to either a chief product officer, head of product or chief product owner.
What next for a Product Owner?
The roles of a Product Owner may be a little confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, you can slowly become a Senior Product Owner, then a Portfolio Owner, a Project Manager (in most companies), a Director of Products Management, and finally a Chief Product Officer.