What is knowledge acquisition in product backlog

Last post 03:01 pm February 9, 2016
by Andrzej Zińczuk
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07:25 am February 23, 2015

Hi All,

I am very new in Scrum, and I read some topics from internet,

I am confused with the term "knowledge acquisition in product backlog".
I am not able to understand what it mean and what is the advantages of having it.

I got some examples (mentioned below) related to this but still I did understand

"An example of knowledge acquisition could be a scrum backlog item about researching WordPress plugin libraries and making a selection."

"Create a prototype or proof of concept of two architectures and run three tests to determine which would be a better approach for our product."

Please help me to understand this!!!!

12:01 pm February 23, 2015

My understanding is that these are planning tasks which are required to make a future technical decision and precise scheduling.

For example, we might have a future user story: Implement an auto-upgrade service for our endpoint client. To do that, we need to have a design and technology choice in place, thus we might have a knowledge acquisition task called: Prepare high-level architecture for auto-upgrade.
If we do not have existing auto-upgrade experience in the team, we might have even an earlier task called Research and summarise existing auto-upgrade techniques.
The idea is that each task in the path allows us to have proper and reliable estimates for the next one.

03:01 pm February 9, 2016

Some PBI to get implemented need additional decisions and steps made before. During sprints it is easy to focus only on incoming sprint, which may be to short horizon for proper planning and decision making.