September 30, 2021

Inspection and the Product Owner - Back to the foundations of the Scrum framework (20)

Scrum is founded on empirical process control, and inspection is one of the three pillars.

Each of the Scrum accountabilities participates in one or more inspections. If you feel that there are undesired variances for any aspect of your initiative, think about who could best initiate an inspection.

Inspection is about detecting undesirable variances in progressing towards agreed goals.

Let's take the Product Owner.

The Product Owner is typically closely involved in inspecting the Product Backlog and the Increment. He/she is also involved in inspecting how the entire Scrum Team is collaborating during the Sprint, including relationships, people and tools.

The Product Owner, together with other team members and stakeholders is evaluating the current state of the product, the value it brings, the capabilities it offers, and checks if this is indeed what is still needed in the product, what is still expected to reach the Product goal, what the gap is with what the market is asking for, and more.

The Product Owner further inspects, again together with the other team members how for example Product Backlog management can be improved. How can the team order better to serve the users? How can Product Backlog refinement be improved? How can we work closer together with users?

Does your Product Owner take part in detecting undesired variances in both the Increment and the Product Backlog, variances with regard to the current and future state (near and long term) of the product?


Evaluate together with the Product Owner what improvements can be made to close the gap with market needs, and how Product Backlog management can be improved.


We hope you will find value in these short messages and if you are looking for more clarifications, feel free to take contact.

PS. Next week we'll look at the Developers and Inspection.

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How does the Product Owner support Inspection?