Product owner, project manager, product leader



In what ways to the responsibilities of a product owner, a project manager and a product leader overlap, and in what ways are they different?

A product owner prioritizes the backlog

Scrum trifecta: product owner, scrum manager and development team.

A project manager limits WIP

A product leader does what needs to be done.

What needs to be done when developers and designers do an excellent job in their roles?

Terminology footnote: What I refer to as a product leader might be called a product manager by others.

WIP vs options

Limit WIP, create, curate and priotitize options.


  1. Good project management: visa
  2. Good product management: Marty Cagan
  3. The perils of scrum: Dark Agile
  4. Why you should limit WIP: The Goal (Eliyahu M. Goldratt)
  5. A story about a company that improves its development process: The Phoenix Project (Gene Kim )