Technical Stories & PBR

Last post 02:13 pm August 30, 2018
by Ian Mitchell
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10:33 pm August 29, 2018

Hi,

I've got a Team that have a large number of Stories that are very technical in nature. When it comes to Product Backlog Refinement Sessions, they won't give even a rough Story Point Estimation to these Stories. Instead, they prefer to have one or two 'Technical Discussion' meetings, lasting around 45 minutes, to flesh out the technical details of each Story, and then only estimate come Sprint Planning time.

I don't think this is the best way of doing this, as it means that valuable time is taken up during the Sprint dealing with fleshing out these details, and that the Stories themselves become more a Technical 'To-Do' list, rather than a 'proper' story. I think that possibly putting these more technical stories into a Spike and then processing them as part of a Sprint would be a better way, but I'd be interested to hear what others think on how to deal with these?

Cheers

02:13 pm August 30, 2018

The Product Owner owns the Product Backlog, and must be able to value and order the work described on it. Is the PO able to do that satisfactorily, and how is he or she accounting for the amount of work which remains to be done?