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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

Business Analyst works with the Product Owner and provides him with valuable insights on the value and importance of the user stories, but the PO is still the person who sets the priority of the ...
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What are the benefits of queuing tasks as opposed to assigning them?

I will assume that the "push" approach is not only direct, but also immediate. (Like when someone comes up to you and says "hey, Joe, can we roll this later today?"). The "...
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Prioritization in Agile

It might even be a stretch to say that business value is the most important factor. Overall, prioritization often comes down to a ROI, but a lot of factors can feed into that, such as: Types of Value ...
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How can I make unit testing a priority?

Try to quantify (read: put a hard $ amount to) the increased time/expenses that build up over the lifecycle of the project - regression testing, bug-fixing, new feature risk and increased time to ...
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Should defect criticality change based on user needs?

I love defect management, it throws up some wonderful logic problems :) What actually is Criticality? If you could define that then you would know the answer. I believe it is the combination of ...
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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

The direct answer is that the Product Owner prioritizes the backlog. It is, of course a little more nuanced than that. In an ideal world, the PO would just sort the backlog items by effort and value ...
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Influence code quality as Scrum Product Owner

The Product Owner has responsibility for the backlog and the development team has responsibility for delivery. However, in Scrum we work as a team and there is nothing to stop the Product Owner ...
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Software Dev Team; Managing Task Across Multiple Projects in a Manufacturing Plant with no Deadlines or Set Features?

So, it looks like, you have two problems: Clear priorities. Delivering various projects in parallel. First one can be addressed by creating a clear list of all features (not tasks!) from different ...
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How can I make unit testing a priority?

TL;DR Make unit testing part of your core development methodology, and ensure that test coverage is part of your "Definition of Done." Also, ensure your estimates include the overhead to develop and ...
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Team member frequently disregards "small" requests

TL;DR You have one or more process problems involving communication and prioritization. You need additional information in order to inspect-and-adapt your team's process in a collaborative and ...
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Should a technical person take part of the user stories prioritization process?

Product Owner and the Development Team collaborate The Scrum Guide is very clear on these aspects: Product Owner and the Development Team collaborate on Backlog refinement: Product Backlog ...
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How to allocate resources across projects with equal priority

You are solving wrong problem Your PM is completely out of control and #1 task is to get Projects back to PMs hands. They're now run by the Client and Developers, which is not really their job. . ...
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Prioritization in Agile

Product Backlogs Must be Ordered, but How is Implementation-Specific As we know, normally, during the prioritization process in agile, business value is the most important factor that taken into ...
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Relative priority of tasks with equal priority in a Kanban System

I would recommend against having tasks of equal priority. Use the order in which they appear on the Kanban board to indicate relative priority. This will help the team to avoid having to constantly re-...
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Can user stories be prioritized using labels applied by the customer?

TL; DR Your underlying question appears to be whether the customer, rather than the Product Owner, should be allowed to prioritize the Product Backlog. You are also questioning whether label-based ...
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Customer seems to be too busy to do regular meetings

Customer seems to be too busy to do regular meetings often translates into 1 of 2 things: 1) Customer not understanding value of meeting or 2) Customer has more valuable things to do In case 1 ...
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How can I make unit testing a priority?

Don't ask, don't tell ;) I guess you're not giving estimates on how much time you spend thinking, and how much writing code, the same principle should apply to unit testing. As soon as your Unit ...
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Product Backlog for Entire Department?

It sounds as though you might get buy-in from your boss if you make her your Product Owner and give her some more information about what a Product Owner's responsibilities are. Here's a good video ...
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How can I make unit testing a priority?

Don't add them as an extra and don't allow them to be negotiated away. Make them part of your budget and schedule and make it clear that this is how you develop. If you would normally say 'task x will ...
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Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

The answer is, Yes, No, It Depends, in true agile fashion. :) So I've been lucky or unlucky as the case may be and have never worked in a company with the Business Analyst role. So I can't comment ...
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At what level should the Product Owner prioritize work?

Scrum is at its most effective when there is one backlog and one Product Owner for a delivery team. The backlog is designed so that the work that is about to be started is defined at the user story ...
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How should we balance chores to reduce technical debt with impending deadlines for features?

Why are you going to a skeleton crew? Sounds like the long-term plan for these apps/sites is that they die a slow death. In that case, who cares about paying off technical debt? Technical debt raises ...
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Is it useful to require a priority justification in scrum user stories?

The answer to your question lies in the "3 C's of User Stories". The first C of the user story is the card (the thing you're writing) which acts as a sort of reminder and a placeholder for the second ...
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Prioritizing both functional and non-functional requirements in Agile

There are two approaches I have seen for this. 1. The development team owns engineering quality With this approach the non-technical stakeholders (and Product Owner if using Scrum) focus purely on ...
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Backlog Grooming

In order to do Sprint Planning, you first need a Product Backlog. What you have is not sufficient to act as a Product Backlog. The Scrum Guide defines a Product Backlog as "an ordered list of ...
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How to accurately communicate task priorities?

Good question. I'm unclear on some of the details that inspire your question, so I'm going to provide three different answers Risk Matrices are dangerous to your health. You say, I fall back to very ...
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Customer seems to be too busy to do regular meetings

Backlog grooming doesn't have to take place in discrete meetings. There is nothing keeping you from doing continuous (re-)prioritization with the customer. If the customer doesn't seem to have time ...
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Customer seems to be too busy to do regular meetings

I would suggest highlighting to the customer that the more they are involved, the quicker and the more effective the development will be. Sometimes the Scrum Team needs to be quite flexible to ...
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How to allocate resources across projects with equal priority

As Vadim suggests, it is crystal clear your PM capabilities are immature and under performing. It could be the abilities of the PM himself or a combination of the PM and organization systems and ...
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Should sprint backlog have MoSCoW prioritization applied?

No. Don't do that. Only the tasks in the product backlog could be prioritized via the MoSCoW method. If one were to do as you suggest, trying to get a distribution of priorities in the Sprint backlog,...
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