Top Product Owner Interview Questions & Answers

Interested in becoming a product owner? Before you apply for a product owner position, read the Product Owner Interview Questions and Answers and learn the most commonly asked Product Owner Interview Questions and Answers.

Product Owner is a misunderstood job in many organizations, yet there’s a soaring demand year after year.

If you’re keen on becoming a Product Owner, then here’s an interview prep guide containing the product owner question and answers that will help you become more confident.

Here’s a list of 30 beginners, intermediate, and advanced questions that will ensure that you are on the right track.

  • 1. What’s the difference between Agile and Scrum? Are they the same?

    Agile manifesto consists of values and principles to develop software iteratively and incrementally. Scrum is a framework that consists of accountabilities, artifacts, and events that helps in creating and sustaining complex products. Scrum is one of the foundations for agility. In general, we call Agile a mindset, and Scrum is a framework that helps adopt an agile mindset.

  • 2. What are the responsibilities of a Product Owner?

    The responsibilities of a Product Owner –

    • Creating and owning the Product Vision
    • Managing the Product Backlog
    • Defining the Sprint Objective
    • Manage budget, scope, releases, and stakeholders of the Product
    • Review product progress
    • Being available to the team
    • Effective communication to the stakeholders of the Product
    • Collaborating with the scrum team for the Product Backlog Refinement
    • Measuring the value of the Product (maybe using EBM)
    • Product roadmap
    • Product marketing and sales
    • Product operations 
  • 3. Is Product Owner and Product Managers different?

    Product Owners and Product Managers are different. Here’s how –

    A Product Owner is a key individual responsible for delivering superior quality products to the end-users within the deadline. The product owner is tasked with optimizing the business value of a product by creating and maintaining the product backlog.

    A Product Manager is an individual who identifies the customer needs and the business objectives that a product will fulfill. They envision the product roadmap and the way to achieve it. 

    Product Managers lead a cross-functional team that works on the product and makes necessary improvements.

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Naveen Kumar Singh

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