During a Sprint, when is new work or further decomposition of work added to the Sprint Backlog?

Last post 12:06 pm July 22, 2013
by Mark Stricker
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09:25 am July 22, 2013

Please help me with the following question:

During a Sprint, when is new work or further decomposition of work added to the Sprint Backlog?
A: As soon as possible after they are identified.
B: During the Daily Scrum after the Development Team approves them.
C: When the Product Owner identifies a new work.

10:03 am July 22, 2013

Not tending to something?

Who owns the sprint backlog in your opinion, and who is, considering this, allowed to change the content?

And from the timely perspective, when should communication about a new situation be started in your opinion?

BR,

11:54 am July 22, 2013

It can't be C, because the Product Owner is not in a position to add work to the Sprint Backlog. Only the Development Team can do that, because they wholly own that backlog. Once a PO identifies new work, he or she can add it to the Product Backlog and request that the Development Team estimate it. It can then be brought into a future Sprint Planning session.

B is a plausible answer. The Daily Scrum is an inspect/adapt opportunity and it can certainly lead to the team revising their Sprint Backlog. However, it is not the *only* opportunity for them to do so. The Development Team can and should update their Sprint Backlog on an ongoing basis.

Therefore the best answer is probably A, although for better clarity I think it should really say "As soon as possible after they are identified by the Development Team".

12:06 pm July 22, 2013

Thank you very much for your answers. This helped me much.

Greetings,
Mark