A few of the managers at my company have decided that the stack of stories is too high, so they're going to truncate the backlog and the number of people who can write stories.
The goal being, only approved story submitters can create feature requests. Is this antithetical to Scrum? Doesn't it just mean the Product Owners are being too lazy to vet cruddy stories? Our backlog is at about 1400, I recently went through the backlog and figured, on my own as a scrummaster/developer that I could shrink it to about 600.
What advice should I give the Product Owners around this idea? Should I vehemently oppose this idea as a Scrum Master?
What is the long term plan for this project?
- these are multiple projects that usually have a 6-12 month of development work until they're done and then continuously improved until they're retired.
Will there be some release point after which development will pretty much stop, or will it have continuous development for an indeterminate time with many releases?
- Development probably will only stop when feature requests stop being submitted by customers and other stakeholders
You said you found a large number of stories that you could remove--are these duplicate stories, useful but poorly written stories, or stories that could be useful but you don't see the development team ever getting around to them?
- a few duplicates, many potentially contradictory stories. Lots are ones that none of us see the dev team getting to as written, but they may be the seeds for things that need to be done.
And who exactly has been entering the stories you think could be chopped (developers, product owner, other customers)?
- Developers and users of the platform (our guys, not paying customers) maybe 3% are customer requests. Most come from end users, we mainly develop in-house utilities that are used to support many customers - some of the tools produce reports and things that customers see, but those customers don't enter stories. Product Owners, for the most part, don't write the stories, although they may rewrite 'em.