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TOPIC: Changes to Sprint Backlog

Changes to Sprint Backlog 1 month 3 weeks ago #19457

  • Michael Wittenburg
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I understand that the agreed sprint backlog is like a contract between the product owner and the delivery team and is normally not altered and cancelled only in extreme events.

My question is the following:

The sprint has been kicked-off and the development team has started working on the user stories.

Let's assume there is a storry which was not foreseen (as it was not known) for the current sprint but is of high value (e.g. could get rid of a high risk) and could be easily accomodated.

Should the sprint backlog be altered and this story be added to demonstrate "responding to change over following a plan" or should it be put in the backlog of the next sprint ...

I am tempted to say add it, as it is easy, does not jeopardize the objective of the sprint and demonstrates and agile mindset ...

But I am not sure. Any thoughts?
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Changes to Sprint Backlog 1 month 3 weeks ago #19460

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Hi Michael,

As far as I understand, the current sprint backlog cannot not be modified.

If an extremely important user story has been identified, PO can either cancel the current sprint and start a new sprint with the important user story included in it or wait for the next sprint to add the
user story to the sprint backlog.

I apologize if this is incorrect.

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Bankim
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Changes to Sprint Backlog 1 month 3 weeks ago #19461

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This is also my understanding ... but I hear from Certified Scrum People that they would change it in view of flexibility.
Your answer has been my original answer ... but I have found nowhever a confirmation.

Changes to Sprint Backlog 1 month 3 weeks ago #19465

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Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage
Like anything else in PMI land....its all about the wording - form all the practice exams i took - in general you should accept if PO decides super high value item BUT he needs to remove a story of similar size from current sprint
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Changes to Sprint Backlog 1 month 3 weeks ago #19466

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Hi All,

Please see this link: www.barryovereem.com/myth-2-the-sprint-b...e-during-the-sprint/

A Sprint Backlog is flexible, as long as changes do not distract from the focus on the Sprint Goal.

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Bankim
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