Scrum Master Service to PO

Last post 06:48 pm March 2, 2015
by Ian Mitchell
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01:39 am March 2, 2015

1) "Finding techniques for effective Product Backlog management"

To me, effective backlog management is about clarity & completeness of PBIs, ordering of PBIs, transparency and visibility of the backlog, keeping the backlog current, etc. Am I missing something?

What are examples of techniques that Scrum Masters use for the above?

2) "Ensuring the Product Owner knows how to arrange the Product Backlog to maximize value;"

Wouldn't the PO (in most situations) want to extract value as early as possible in the product release cycle? If so, wouldn't the higher PBIs be ordered higher than the lower-value ones?

What are some examples of how the Scrum Master educates the PO on arranging the backlog for value maximization?

Thank you!

06:48 pm March 2, 2015

> What are examples of techniques that Scrum
> Masters use for the above? 

Teaching the Scrum Team to author PBI's in terms of User Stories and acceptance criteria is one possible technique. Teaching them how to organize a Product Backlog in terms of epics and themes might be another.

> What are some examples of how the Scrum
> Master educates the PO on arranging the
> backlog for value maximization? 

The PO should take the advice of the Development Team into account when ordering the Product Backlog, including any technical dependencies or advice about possible efficiencies. Also it could be advantageous to prioritize the delivery of some lower-value items as well as higher value ones, if this were to reduce delivery risk.