The development of complex products involves more teams demisiveloping parts of the product.
In such case, scaling of product owner role is suggested. Overall strategy and vision should be maintained by role Chief Product Owner. All other agile practices and patterns are applied by the Chief Product Owner in the same way as in product owner’s case.
Who can fulfill Chief Product Owner role?
Senior business analyst
One product owner collaborates with more product owners and architects at the same time.
Every product owner is responsible for some part of the product
Who usually collaborate with Chief Product Owner?
Chief product owner needs a support of multiple roles. The product must be successful from multiple perspectives:
a business perspective where marketing, sales, operation, strategy & innovation groups might be very helpful to Chief PO,
a system perspective supported by multiple product owners responsible for particular part(s) of the systems being developed,
a technical perspective with which enterprise architects or system architects might help a lot.
The chief product owner is a leader the product ownership “circle” established form roles mentioned above. This circle prepares strategy, high-level plan, initiatives, epics and features in regular sessions up to necessary details. High-level details will be provided by product owners responsible for a particular part of the product.
Due to complexity, it is good to not have more than 10 people in such product ownership circle (golden rule of team organization in agile).
This team used to have regular standups. It is not necessary to have them on daily basis, but in case of high-risk, it is highly suggested.
Responsibilities of chief product owner role
Communication with key stakeholders and product sponsors.
Accountability for the product vision and strategy.
Very often the Chief product owner is responsible for budgeting of requirements.
Coordinates product development on a high level.
Accountable for product vision. Product owners are responsible for product’s parts in such case.
Responsible for definition of MVPs extending product in multiple versions continuously.
The chief product owner coordinates split of requirements into system’s parts and into other related products with the support of architect and product owners.
Responsible for business themes, features and sometimes for epics definition. The chief product owner is typically not responsible for user stories definition.