Posted by Pallay Raunu on Mon, Jun 12, 2017
Usually the Product Owner (or Product Manager) is solely responsible for the content, availability and ordering of the Items within the Backlog.
Depending on the client, project, or team, it’s apparent that Refinement rarely happens according to the Scrum book. If fact, it’s sometimes not considered a ceremony and left open ended.
Below some of the some common pitfalls I’ve seen on projects are described with some pragmatic approaches on what can be tried.
Notice that I’m making use of proper nouns to label the key elements here to signify their importance. Thanks to smartfamilypets for the image!
This will be a series of posts and I will updates the links as they become available
The Backlog conventionally belongs the Product Owner. Their sole responsibility is to:
This is undoubtedly an overwhelming task and you can see why being a Owner is considered a 24/7 job. It is even more problematic when a Product Owner's time is constrained, whether due to other commitments or lack of understanding of the responsibilities, and the impact to the project.
Putting a pragmatic hat on, I suggest that the wider team have the expertise to help refine - or define - the Backlog Items.
There’s a couple of reasons for this:
So even though the Owner has ultimate governance of the Backlog, the information it holds can come from the experts in the business and technical teams. If there is a PO bottleneck, it can be isolated and those with capacity, can collaborate and add to the Backlog.
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