The product owner represents the stakeholders and is the voice of the customer. He or she is accountable for ensuring that the team delivers value to the business.

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How to decide what features should be in MVP?

Is there any technique to make a decision whether to include the feature in MVP or not?
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How should a Scrum Master handle a Product Owner who micromanages the team?

Currently working with the Product Owner/CEO in a Scrum role. My management style is starting to clash with the PO. His style of management is the following: working long hours and taking work home ...
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Should UI/UX designers work directly with the Product Owner?

I am currently a proxy PO, although my main role is as a Scrum Master but I help the PO with grooming the backlog. We are developing a start up product - the PO wants me to manage everyone in the ...
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Influence code quality as Scrum Product Owner

Introduction: In theory, Scrum says that the development team is fully responsible and self-organized when it comes to all things related to development. This also includes code quality which imho is ...
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At what level should the Product Owner prioritize work?

I work for a small software company and I am the Scrum Master. In this company we have a small group of people who consist our StakeHolders. To represent the StakeHolder's interest the stakeholders ...
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Is the Product Owner allowed to be at the Daily Scrum event?

Throughout the Scrum Open Assessments there often appears a question about who must attend to the Daily Scrum event. This is always correctly answered by saying that only the Development Team is ...
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How should I approach a Product Owner interview test?

I have an interview this week for a PO position and they have set a hypothetical practical exercise where one of their clients is experiencing a problem with their mobiles app and for the candidate to ...
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How to leverage Agile development benefits in a fixed-cost project?

I recently joined a company that has started moving towards "more agile" development. I've already been product owner for an internal software project and that worked reasonably well as far as I can ...
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Can client member be the part of team members at task board? how do we manage client entity in scrum?

I want to manage client member of particular company, but don't know that do we keep team member and client member both entity separate OR both entity as a member list in common?
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Should Product Owner be permament for team or can be changed from time to time?

We have situation that our team is making quite a big system. Company has divided parts of system into several Product Owners. So we are working with various Product Owners depending which part of the ...
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In JIRA, how can we have separate boards/views for the PO and the team in the same sprint?

We don't want the stories to show up in our team's board because they don't work on the stories but rather on the tasks. At the same time our POs (We have a main PO and his delegate) don't want to see ...
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Should a Product Owner be present for all retrospectives?

We have a Scrum Team of a Product Owner and four developers (one of whom is Scrum Master), running one week sprints. As per Scrumguides.org (emphasis mine): The Sprint Retrospective is an ...
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Can Product Owner + Scrum Master (Team/Kanban Lead) provide combined leadership for a team?

Is the combination of the Product Owner and Scrum Master (or Kanban Lead) a better combination for leadership on a team? I am leaning toward POs being part of the leadership as well as the Scrum ...
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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

I keep reading that during Product Backlog Grooming the development team meets with the PM and the Product Owner and as a team prioritizes the features. Is it ultimately the Product Owner who decides ...
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How to faciliate a retrospective for a group of Product Owners

I need to faciliate a retrospective for a bunch of product owners. I have a couple of ideas of how to run it but I would really like to get some input and ideas. Each product owner who is attending ...
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Ineffective Backlog Grooming and Sprint Planning

I suspect that the problems on Scrum teams in my current organization supersede this one aspect, but wanted to focus the question more specifically to how Scrum can be done better than it is currently ...
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What to do when PO is taking over daily stand ups

I am a new scrum master for an established team. The PO gets along very well with team almost like buddies and is an ex-developer. This PO has started taking over my job of facilitating in the daily ...
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Are there any brainstorming techniques related to requirement gathering sessions or Sprint Reviews that can help produce ideas?

Adding creativity techniques to Scrum product planning I'm evaluating some creativity techniques to produce ideas/solve problems, whether they could have a benefit in Scrum or not. Specifically, I'm ...
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How shall developers clarify PBI during its implementation?

Should developers have direct communication with stakeholders during Product Backlog Items implementation for their clarification. Or should all communication go through Product Owner? On the Scrum ...
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Is dedicated product owner mandatory for a agile scrum team?

Team setup: We are primarily an IT development team of .Net+Java developers who work respectively on components based on these technology stacks only. About few weeks back our team has been asked to ...
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How to organize a software development team so 20 people are on two scrum teams?

We have a software development team, working on an independent product, made up of 20 people of varying roles, located in India. One of our goals is to treat this product team as a separate entity, ...
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Should we put internal team tasks into Product Backlog?

Developer Team always has internal tasks (such as environment improvements, process improvements and so on). Sometimes they can be related with current project, sometimes not. There is no problem, if ...
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How to improve a Scrum-Team with a Product Owner who lacks authority

I'm the new Scrummaster of a Team that develops a software for a customer outside our company. This is my first time working as Scrummaster, I have no background in this field. Our company is just a ...
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Do you include testing in the original estimate?

Our dev team estimates work in hours, but we do not include any testing time in the original estimate. For example if the devs say an item will take 4 hours that will become our estimate for that item,...
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Breaking Down a Code Review of a Prototype

I'm the Product Owner on a project, which is essentially the integration of a new technology into an existing product. A prototype has been written by an external developer and we are now tasked with ...
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Committing the Product Owner to a sprint backlog with a contract

A short introduction to the question: I'm a Scrum Master in a small web development organization (10 employees) and we do a lot of projects that'll last for 3 or 4 sprints, with an average duration of ...
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From user stories to product, where and when to do graphic design?

We are taking our first steps in the Agile development world, and while we have a long path to follow, I'm having difficulties incorporating our graphic designer in the development process. The ...
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How can we continuously integrate new features when the PO only determines whether a feature is “done” at the end of each Sprint?

My team is having an issue with integrating software product features. Specifically, when do features get pull requested into our integration branch of code? Currently our understanding is: The ...
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What can we do without a clear Product Owner or stakeholder on the client's side?

In some of the projects my team works on, there are no stakeholders or it's unclear who the actual Product Owner is on the client's side. For example, we have to write user stories and acceptance ...
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Which guidelines are applicable for a single Scrum Team managing multiple backlogs?

Does the Agile community have recommended processes for a single Scrum Team managing tasks coming in from multiple backlogs? Context and Problem One Scrum Team One Scrum Master Delivering value to ...
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Managing a project with the Boss/Owner as a Development Team Member

A friend of mine has come up with a great idea for a product. He has gathered up a group of friends, who think the idea rocks, and is well on the way to convincing them(/us) to donate 16 hours/week ...
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Product owner for SaaS app

I am developing a SaaS app using Scrum and wondering if there are any best practices when it comes to having multiple "Product Owners". This is because I am working with some "users" who will help ...
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Does a Product Owner submit to Change Control before re-grooming Product Backlog?

In your experience, have you found it beneficial to enforce Change Control upon a Product Owner after the Product Backlog has been agreed? IE If he/she wishes to change the scope by adding in/taking ...
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Can a Scrum Master be the Product Owner in Scrum

I would like to know if a Scrum Master can be the Product Owner in Scrum?
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Can the product owner remove user stories?

As a product owner, can I completely remove a story from the Product Backlog? I know everybody can add stories at anytime to the product backlog, but is the PO's only way to remove a story to put it ...
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Career Progression from Product Owner

I work for a multinational IT consultancy firm that has a number of 'software assets' that it sells and develops for its clients. I started with the company straight out of University in a software ...
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Green light presentation for a project

I'm working on a project to be pitched to a owner who needs to greenlight the production. I'm wondering if there is any format to follow for the presentation. Since, this is first time I'm making ...
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When is the best time to create story tasks?

I have a team of developers who are relatively new to Agile and sprints (approx. 5 months now). Every time I walk into their sprint planning session, I do not like what I see. It's absolute silence ...
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Can we have a Sprint Zero with no deliverable code?

According to Ken Schwaber, “The minimum plan necessary to start a Scrum project consists of a vision and a Product Backlog. The vision describes why the project is being undertaken and what the ...
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Is it OK for a Scrum Master to allow a developer to work on a story not prioritized by the Product Owner, if it is on own time?

Here is the story (no pun intended): The Product Owner had a fairly common feature prioritized in the second sprint. It was estimated with low story points. The story was completed and in testing ...
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Organisation fails to deliver a Product Owner

I am working in a Scrum-team that has been developing software for the past year. The organisation isn't used to agile product development and initially provided a weak product owner who was chosen ...
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In SCRUM is it okay to have a separate 'product owner' per story?

We have stories coming into the backlog from various business area owners, like product support, marketing, partner integration, etc. We have one Product Owner that manages overall backlog priority ...
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Should Product Owner be a separate job in Waterfall project

Working for a large waterfall project (+180 members) and although we are about to ship the 1.0. Our client is asking us to work on the next major release (parallel development). Since those new major ...
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How should a Product Owner in a Scrum framework deal with client requests that differ from the PO's preferred UCD approach?

Let's say that our Product Owner decides to take the path of User Centered Design (UCD). So, instead of looking at what the client wants he looks at what the end user wants. How do you convince the ...
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How to involve the whole team in choosing the next project?

I work in a startup where there is a huge list of projects/epics to do. Of course, we have to choose which are the best ones (the most valuable) in order to launch a release for this project. Even if ...
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Can a Product Owner be a developer in Scrum?

Can a Product Owner be a developer in Scrum? In theory, yes, but is it recommended by Scrum?
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Product Owner depending too much on the team

I am a Scrum Master for two different teams. The product owner of one of the teams left recently, so we have a new product owner. The team is fairly experienced with the product. Since the product ...
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In an agile consultancy, is the Client the Product Owner?

I'm interested in understanding how agile project management differs between a single product-focused team and a digital agency or software development consulting firm. For starters, in a situation ...
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In Scrum, should we have a Customer Acceptance Testing (CAT) stage by the Product Owner?

In our Agile/Scrum process, should we have a Customer Acceptance Testing (CAT) stage when the Product Owner looks at what has been developed and acknowledges that it meets all acceptance criteria?
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Managing a Product Owner in a not-yet-agile organization

When my company was acquired, my 20-person development team gained a Product Owner who is energetic, engaged, and extremely idealistic. While many of the programmers on our team are familiar with ...