Who own the Sprint backlog.

Last post 03:38 am June 21, 2022
by Guojun Lu
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09:20 am June 18, 2022

Dear

I had found discussion on Internet regarding to this topic. some of them reply the whole Scrum Team own that. because it's the team decision, PO make the prioritization, and it have to be mapping to the Sprint Goal. but for the detail, Developers are the only group who decide what to do in the Sprint. so i am little confused regarding to this topic.

 

pls feel free to let me know if you have any opinion.

Thanks in advance.

04:17 pm June 19, 2022

Hello @Guojun,

 

The Developers own the Sprint Backlog, not the Scrum Team.  Per the Scrum Guide: 

The Sprint Backlog is a plan by and for the Developers. It is a highly visible, real-time picture of the work that the Developers plan to accomplish during the Sprint in order to achieve the Sprint Goal. Consequently, the Sprint Backlog is updated throughout the Sprint as more is learned. It should have enough detail that they can inspect their progress in the Daily Scrum.

04:29 pm June 19, 2022

Hi @Guojun Lu!

@Eric is right, it is definitely and the Development Team that owns the Sprint Backlog!

The Sprint Backlog is everything that needs to be done, plus the plan the developers have to achieve it, along with an over-arching goal that describes what the developers are aiming for.

Who else is better equipped to deal with those items than the developers who are doing the work!

"The Sprint Backlog is composed of the Sprint Goal (why), the set of Product Backlog items selected for the Sprint (what), as well as an actionable plan for delivering the Increment (how)." -The Scrum Guide, page 11

Spring Backlog

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Sprint Backlog vs Product Backlog

Sometimes people confuse the Sprint Backlog and the Product Backlog.

The Product Owner has more responsibility with regards to the Product Backlog, as the Scrum Guide states "the Product Owner is also accountable for effective Product Backlog management"

You mentioned "The PO makes the prioritization of the Product Backlog."

That's 100% correct. But the Product Backlog and the Sprint Backlog have different rules associated with them.

Product Backlog

 

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05:24 pm June 19, 2022

I had found discussion on Internet regarding to this topic. some of them reply the whole Scrum Team own that. because it's the team decision, PO make the prioritization, and it have to be mapping to the Sprint Goal. but for the detail, Developers are the only group who decide what to do in the Sprint. so i am little confused regarding to this topic.

I think you may be conflating the Developers' ownership of the Sprint Backlog with the Scrum Team's skill in collaborating over the work on it. For example, if the Developers believed that the forecast of PBIs ought to change to better meet the Sprint Goal, they would collaborate with the PO when making that decision. The Sprint Backlog is still theirs.

02:23 am June 21, 2022

Dear all, Many thanks for your detail explanation. much clear now.