49832Re: [scrumdevelopment] Having the Product Owner in team Estimation Meetings
- Jan 12, 2011+1 to Andre's comments.
- I've never heard of a backlog grooming meeting where the PO was not present (either in person or by phone/video conference, etc).
- Yes, the Dev Team owns the estimates, and the PO should not try to influence them.
- Having a PO or team wanting to "go mostly verbal" can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on a lot of factors.
1. Is it likely that someone(PO or dev team member) will not remember the "conversation" correctly from now until the backlog item is accepted by the PO?
2. If someone doesn't remember the conversation detail, does it take ever take longer than about 60 seconds to get an answer from someone who does remember correctly?
If you answer Yes to either one, then you should probably document more, but your team should strive to improve verbal communication frequency so that they can eventually document less.
Either way, you should strive to go more verbal, so long as you can do so without affecting development efficiency and quality.
I cover some of this in my "User Story Traps" post here(Be sure and see Trap #'s 10-14):
(Article assumes User Stories for PBI's, but you could apply some of the same principles to other kinds of PBI's)
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