What Are The Differences Between Scrum Master and Product Owner?
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What Are The Differences Between Scrum Master and Product Owner?


What’s up awesome people! Welcome back to
my channel. Joshua Partogi here. I hope you are staying safe and healthy at this
moment. I know there is a global turbulence at this moment but I believe
amidst today’s global turbulence, new opportunities will arise. So that’s why
I believe it’s very important for all of us to stay positive and support each
other to go through these moments. In today’s video I’m gonna be talking about
the differences between Scrum Master and Product Owner. The reason why I want to
talk about this topic is because a lot of people have been asking me about the
differences between the two roles. So if you’re also interested to know about the
differences between Scrum Master and Product Owner, don’t go anywhere stay
on this video. In the past I’ve made a video about the
differences between Project Manager and Scrum Master and also a video about the
differences between Project Manager and Product Owner, so I think it would be
fair to also make a video that compares about the differences between Scrum
Master and Product Owner role. Many people who also attended my
Professional Scrum Master (PSM) and Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO)
classes asked me whether they should make a career as a Scrum Master or
Product Owner. So hopefully today’s video will help
those of you who are deciding whether you want to make a career as a Scrum
Master or a Product Owner. To know the high-level differences between Scrum
Master and Product Owner role let’s summarise Scrum guide and see what does Scrum
guide has to say about the Scrum Master and Product Owner role.
To summarise Scrum guide, the Scrum Master is a coach, a mentor, a facilitator,
a teacher, and also a servant leader. I’ve made a video on when does the Scrum
Master use the coaching, teaching, facilitation, mentoring and servant
leadership stance, if you haven’t already watched that video click the link up
here to watch the video. On the other hand the Product Owner is an
entrepreneur, a value maximizer and a product vision holder. The Scrum Master
is focused on and accountable for the whole organisation agility and also
Scrum effectiveness inside the organization. The Product Owner is
focused on and accountable for ensuring that the product has maximum value in
the market. Now that we know the main focus of a Product Owner and a Scrum
Master and how their main focus is totally different, let’s talk about how
do they collaborate together inside the organisation to achieve the organisation
overarching goal. The Product Owner is responsible to maximise the value of the
product. The Product Owner does this by looking at opportunities and trends in
the market and even has an eye for the competition. But most importantly the
Product Owner needs to talk to the customers. The Scrum Master on the other
hand focuses on making changes inside the organisation and enabling the
organisation to improve its agility in delivering value continuously. So you can
say the Product Owner focuses on looking outwards towards the customers and the
market while the Scrum Master focus on looking inwards towards the people
inside the organisation. The agility of the organisation that the Scrum Master
develops will boost the Product Owner’s capability to capture opportunities in
the market responsively. The Product Owner and the Scrum Master need to have
synergy and respect each other’s role. That’s why these two roles should not be
held by the same person. When one person is playing both the Scrum Master and the
Product Owner role there will be lack of focus and also
imbalance. As a human being we all have our personal preferences and also our
personal bias, so when we’re playing both the Scrum Master and the Product Owner role
we will get pulled to one role and have less focus on the other role. The
risk is we might miss opportunity in optimising the value of the product or
optimising the agility of the organization. Therefore the organisation
may not reach their goal as agile as they should be. When one person is
playing both the Scrum Master and the Product Owner role what I have seen on the
field is there is a tendency to neglect the Definition of “Done” and also the team
member’ss happiness. The Definition of “Done” is a very important aspect of Scrum, I’ve
already made a video about the Definition of “Done”, if you haven’t
already watched it click the link up here to watch the video. Now that you
know the main focus of Product Owner and Scrum Master, what are the skills
required to be an awesome Scrum Master or to be an awesome Product Owner? Let’s
talk about it. To be an awesome Scrum Master you need coaching skill,
facilitation skill, teaching skill, knowledge in behavioural science,
organization change management, and also in Scrum and agile software development
practices. Beyond Agile and Scrum training, there are a lot of trainings in
the market that will teach you about professional coaching and professional
facilitation. If you want to deepen your understanding about professional
coaching and professional facilitation, I suggest you search on the internet for
those trainings. To be an awesome Product Owner you need product management skill,
data analytic skill, user experience skill, entrepreneurship skill and also
skills in sales and marketing. So that is all from me today folks!
Thanks for watching today’s video. I hope you found some insights about the
differences between Scrum Master and Product Owner role after watching
today’s video. And for those of you who are on the crossroads to choose whether
you want to make a career as a Scrum Master or Product Owner, hopefully
today’s video helps you to choose and decide. If you liked today’s video, as
usual don’t forget to smash that like button and don’t forget to subscribe to
my channel so that you won’t miss any of my video in the future. Stay safe and
stay healthy. See you until my next video.

3 Comments

  • Joshua Partogi

    What are the differences between Scrum Master and Product Owner? Why there needs to be two separate roles? Can one person be the Scrum Master and Product Owner? This video answers these questions.

  • Aria Wardhana

    selain contennya insightful pisan, kereen coach ngambil gambar dan editingnya… pake drone? edited by yourself?

    Keep sharing pls!

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