Ordering the Product Backlog

Ordering the Product Backlog

November 6, 2012 Off By Requirements Management

In this article, Brent Reid discusses the fact that in Scrum, the product backlog should be ordered and not prioritized. His point is that priority has a meaning only within a certain context. Thus what is high priority one day could be low priority in the future. Thus, the product owner must deliver a totally ordered Product Backlog, even if it is difficult to make such decisions. However, as Brent Reid wrote it: “this clearly places the responsibility of resolving the problem on the product owner instead of on the development team, which may not have a good understanding of these competing priorities.”