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 3 months ago

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  • Diana Kirkova
    By Diana Kirkova  ~  3 months ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • I think that the most effective teams have a shared understanding of the work to be done so this is hot topic.
  • Gaurav Rastogi
    By Gaurav Rastogi  ~  3 months ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • I think you have nailed on one of the biggest industry problem

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • Any reason why you conducted your survey with Scrum Masters than Dev Team or Product Owners?
    • Satya Jyoti Yellapantula
      By Satya Jyoti Yellapantula  ~  3 months ago
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      Hi Gaurav, the expectation was the scrum master works with the team while submitting the survey response. In the past when we sent such survey to teams, the % of response was much lesser and the sample was not enough for us to come to a solid conclusion. So we tried to do it through Scrum Masters this time, who were made accountable to represent the team in the survey. Please let me know if that answers your question. 


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