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RE: [scrumdevelopment] Presenting options for product owner/stakeholders

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  • Mike Cohn
    Gabby-- Why not just list all the items and let the business prioritize? Give the business a list like: Story A 1 point Story B 2 points Story C 1 point ...
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      Gabby--
      Why not just list all the items and let the business prioritize? Give the
      business a list like:

      Story A 1 point
      Story B 2 points
      Story C 1 point
      ...
      Story ZZZ 3 points

      Write the stories in terms of business value so that they can be easily
      understood by those reading the list. Tell the business they can prioritize
      in up to X points. Make that easy by equating a point to an ideal day of
      work and then assume 3 calendar days per ideal day. (So, for a 20-working
      day sprint, each person on the team can do 6-7 points).

      Once the work is prioritized, let the team do a sprint planning meeting
      where they break those stories into actionable tasks and put real hour
      estimates on the tasks. Let the team decide if X points was too much or too
      little based on the interactions of the selected stories.

      --Mike Cohn
      Author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development
      www.userstories.com


      -----Original Message-----
      From: gabby_robertson [mailto:gabby_robertson@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2004 11:07 PM
      To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [scrumdevelopment] Presenting options for product
      owner/stakeholders


      One of our teams is in their first set of sprints and have come up with a
      Sprint
      backlog and estimates. The challenge is to achieve as much of the product
      backlog within a month. Everything is of course 'critical' to the business.

      They have come up with a set of options to present with different approaches

      that may help the business get the most bang for their buck.

      To present should they do this as a team with the product owner and
      stakeholders (there are 12 developers total although they will probably
      split
      into smaller groups), or select a few people to represent them, or have the
      Scrum Master represent them?

      My feeling is to either have the team present together, or to select a small
      sub-
      group. If the Scrum Master presents options and does the negotiation they
      could be signing the team up to something they may not want to do. How
      have you done this before?

      ~gabby




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