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Product Owner’s Journey to SAFe®—Role Changes in Scaled Agile Framework®

Department of Information Technologies, Prague University of Economics and Business, 130 67 Prague, Czech Republic
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Academic Editor: José J. Pazos Arias
Information 2021, 12(3), 107;
Received: 30 January 2021 / Revised: 23 February 2021 / Accepted: 26 February 2021 / Published: 3 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Digitalized Economy, Society and Information Management)
As agile software development methods are spreading through the industry, they are no longer sufficient in their original design. With the increasing adoption by various types and sizes of organizations, these methods are scaled and tailored. The most popular framework for scaling Agile is the Scaled Agile Framework®, registered trademark of Scaled Agile, Inc. Boulder, USA. Some roles originating from the agile methods, such as Product Owner, are part of the framework and are impacted by scaling and tailoring. A Product Owner role is critical to the success of projects in agile environments. This paper aims to describe and discuss the evolution of and changes in Product Owner activities since Agile started to spread in the industry until the current concept of the Product Owner role in the Scaled Agile Framework. By identifying the activities typical of Product Owners outside of the Scaled Agile Framework context and mapping these activities to the Product Owner role description in Scaled Agile Framework, the changes in Product Owner role with respect to time and role specifics in the Scaled Agile Framework are revealed. It was identified that some of the activities previously described for Product Owner are distributed between various roles in the Scaled Agile Framework. In fact, the Product Owner loses the real product ownership in Scaled Agile Framework. The loss of ownership seems connected with the fact that, in the large environments that the Scaled Agile Framework is designed for, it is impossible to cover all required activities by one role using the hierarchical structures with a top-down approach in the Scaled Agile Framework. View Full-Text
Keywords: Product Owner; activities; Agile; Scrum; Scaled Agile Framework Product Owner; activities; Agile; Scrum; Scaled Agile Framework
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Remta, D.; Buchalcevova, A. Product Owner’s Journey to SAFe®—Role Changes in Scaled Agile Framework®. Information 2021, 12, 107.

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