Chapter 5. The Product Owner

The ScrumMaster is responsible for removing any barriers between the development Teams and the Product Owner and customers so that the customers can directly drive development. The ScrumMaster is also responsible for showing the Product Owner how to use Scrum to maximize project return on investment (ROI) and meet the project’s objectives.

Neither of these responsibilities is easy to fulfill. The ScrumMaster often has to work against 20 years of history during which customers and Teams have drifted apart. Each sees the other as a source of something that is of great value but that is also extremely hard to get. The customer knows from experience how unlikely it is that the Team will deliver a system, much less a system ...

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