Product Owner Checklist for the Sprint Planning

Product Owner’s primary responsibility is to carry the product vision to implementation. Sprint planning is the Scrum ceremony where the team plans and commits on what they will achieve in the next sprint. As a Product Owner, your main objective is to propose the future sprint backlog.

Below is a checklist that you can use as PO to prepare for the Sprint Planning:

  1. Prepare an overview of the stakeholders’ benefits

The second option is to overload — add more user stories than the capacity of the team. I strongly recommend this technique to new teams. It is a forced way of discovering what the upper limit of the team pace is. After 4–5 sprints, this technique will not work because it is very demotivating for the team never to reach the target. If, as a Product Owner, you continue to overload the sprint, you’ll end up with user stories not finished and with an unreliable velocity. Remember: your target is predictability.

The third option is loading the right amount of user stories. But how do you know what is the right amount? Using option 2 for about 3–4 for sprints, will give you a good idea of what is the velocity of the team. Then you’ll agree with the team that that will be the target you must achieve.

What is your Sprint Planning checklist as a Product Owner?

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