Portfolio Owner (PFO)

is aProduct Owner (generic)
is part ofOrganization, Organization Management Circle
moderatesCluster Product Owner Group
is a role in areaMarket & Business
is responsible forPortfolio Backlog
acceptsPortfolio Backlog Item
organizesPortfolio Backlog Refinement, Portfolio Planning, Portfolio Review
optionally attendsOrganization Sync

The Portfolio Owner is the “Product Owner” of the Organization and has the overall responsibility for the Market and Business side of the product development on the Portfolio / Organizational level, together with the Cluster Product Owner Group (CPOG). (A general description of the Product Owner role can be found here.)


Together with the Portfolio Architect and the Organisation Scrum Master, the Portfolio Owner forms the Management circle of the organisation.

The Portfolio Owner, together with the Cluster-Product-Owner Group, has the following tasks:

  • Managing the Portfolio Backlog, in technical coordination with the Cluster-System-Engineer-Gruppe (CSEG)
  • Requirements Management: Receiving requests/requests about systems, applications & features, as well as working with the Stakeholders on the requirements,
  • Prioritizing systems, applications & features within the PortfolioBacklog. The Portfolio Backlog is publicly available and viewable for all stakeholders
  • Release-Management (Planning, acceptance and release)
    • Release planning: Scheduling of systems, applications & features in meaningful system versions and variants. Release planning is publicly available and can be viewed by all stakeholders.
      Feedback on priority and, if necessary, scheduling to the stakeholders
  • Optional, especially if the organization does not work agile throughout: Information & reporting: Presentation of progress and enabling the updating of higher-level plans.
  • Definition & maintenance of processes and templates (self-organization)


Further suitable links:

Events Roles Groups Artifacts
Portfolio Planning

Organisation Sync

Portfolio Refinement

Portfolio Review

Organisation Retrospective

Team Product Owner


Cluster Product Owner


Portfolio Architect

Organisation Scrum Master

Cluster Product Owner Group

Cluster System Engineer Group

Cluster Scrum Master Group

Organisation Management Circle

Portfolio Backlog

Systems & Applications

System Platforms & Variants

Organisation DoD

Organisation Improvement Backlog