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49840Re: Having the Product Owner in team Estimation Meetings

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  • alex.armstrong
    Jan 13, 2011

      You have received some good answers here. I won't reiterate them, but I will add a comment about your statement: "...a weekly backlog estimation meeting to go through any unestimated items on the backlog..."

      Unless your backlog is only 2 Sprints deep, be sure you aren't wasting team time on needless estimation of PBIs that may never be built. Instead of a weekly "estimation" meeting, why not have a weekly "backlog grooming" meeting where the team also helps the PO prioritize the higher priority items on the existing backlog, as well as estimate new high-priority tasks?

      Maybe this is what you already do?


      --- In scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com, Robert Molchon <rob.molchon@...> wrote:
      > Hello fellow scrum enthusiasts,
      > I was wondering what people thought of having the Product Owner attend the Team's product backlog estimation meetings?
      > On one hand it can be a good thing, as the Product Owner can help provide color and answer questions regarding the meaning of the backlog items that the team is estimating. This is what we currently do. Each team has a weekly backlog estimation meeting to go through any unestimated items on the backlog and the Product Owner generally attends.
      > On the other hand, I have noticed that being in the estimation meeting can lead to less well written backlog items since the PO knows that he or she will be in the meeting to explain it to the team.
      > What, dear friends, do you think?
      > Thanks
      > Rob
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