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56058Re: [scrumdevelopment] Product Owner and retrospectives

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  • Jesse Houwing
    Oct 19, 2012
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      Of course feedback received from outside sources can be brought into the retrospective via any team member.

      And the same way, any feedback directed to outside sources can come out of the retrospective and brought to them. Via the PO or the SM or even directly by the self organizing team.

      But it is important that the retrospective itself is a safe meeting where all members know that anything can be said. Bringing in outsiders usually disrupts this safety and should thus be avoided.

      On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 9:15 PM, Alan Dayley <alandd@...> wrote:

      In Scrum:
      - The Product Owner is a member of the Scrum Team.
      - The Scrum Team has a retrospective every Sprint.
      - People not on the Scrum Team do not attend the retrospectives.

      - The Product Owner participates in the retrospectives.
      - Directors, VPs and others do not participate nor attend the retrospectives.

      There can be reasonable and even beneficial exceptions to the above.  However, IMO deviations from the above should be rare, for many reasons.

      Are you looking for reasons to deviate from the above definitions and why or why not to deviate?


      On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 6:48 AM, Ram Srinivasan <vasan.ram@...> wrote:

      I am curious to know the different ways in which a PO can participate/not participate in a team's retrospective. Some of the ways that I can think of include

      1. PO is a participant there might be valuable input from/for PO. Also POs help might be needed to resolve some impediments beyond the scope of the team.
      2. PO can be an observer
      3. PO not being in the team's retrospective
      Is there anything else that you can think of  (may be not just PO, but someone in a position of authority e.g. Director/V.P of development) ?

      Obviously these are context dependent, but what would be the pros/cons and smells in these approaches?


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