Product Backlog Refinement - The UnSung "Hero"

When we speak of Scrum framework, the 3-3-5 structure is imbibed in our memories. The 3 roles, 3 Artifacts and 5 events are known to all. When we talk of processes, learnings, improvements, most of the teams confine themselves within the limits of 3-3-5. How many of us realize Product Backlog Refinement lays the foundation of the Release/Sprint planning. Do teams really give the right importance to PBR, or do they feel it distracts them from the their current sprint work? How can PBR be more effective and help teams plan better, be more predictable, help in being more productive, and encourage the teams to take calculated risks when needed - these are few of the things we would discuss during the session.

We conducted with more than 40+ Scrum Masters across the globe in one of the organizations I was associated with, to collect the challenges w.r.t PBR. During this session, we will discuss those practical challenges, and tried and tested recommendations.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

1. A brief overview of PBR

2. Top 5 Real Time Challenges (Collected Through Survey)

3. Recommendations for each challenge (Tried and Tested)

4. Best Practices (Collected from 30+ different teams)

5. Conclusion

Learning Outcome

1. Practical challenges some of which teams might not have realized

2. Tried and tested recommendations for effective PBR session

3. Recommended PBR checklist

4. General best practices

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Developers, Product Owners, Agile Coaches

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic knowledge of Scrum Framework

schedule Submitted 5 months ago

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  • Mohammed Javid
    By Mohammed Javid  ~  4 months ago
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    Hi Satya,

    Thanks for submitting the talk.

    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • Real time challenges and recommendations for product backlog refinement
    • Best practices for product backlog refinement

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • The slide on recommendations has lot of text. If possible, have the recommendations in separate slides with images
    • The slide on the 'Lifecycle of a User Story' is not easily readable
    • How was the resistance (from Team/PO) mitigated while implementing the recommendations can be included to give useful insights to participants   
    • Satya Jyoti Yellapantula
      By Satya Jyoti Yellapantula  ~  4 months ago
      reply Reply

      Hi Javid,

      Thanks for the inputs, I have updated the slides, made is less bulky in terms of number of words used, and made it more pictorial. Have removed the life cycle slide, since I feel covering the real time challenges and recommendations would be more important during the session. Will try to include some challenges from dev team/PO perspective in a day or two.

      Please let me know your comments on the updated content.

      Regards,

      Satya

      • Mohammed Javid
        By Mohammed Javid  ~  4 months ago
        reply Reply

        Hi Satya,

        Thanks for updating the slides.

        The presentation can be improved further by:

        • As this exercise is carried out with 40+ Scrum Masters the practical challenges they had faced while implementing the suggestions and the approach followed to overcome the same  would be a good take away for the participants.
        • Satya Jyoti Yellapantula
          By Satya Jyoti Yellapantula  ~  4 months ago
          reply Reply

          Thanks for the inputs Javid. I am  gathering the information on challenges, will update the slides in a few days


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