The Scrum Guide got an update last November and one of the concepts introduced was the Product Goal. The Scrum Guide says:
“The Product Goal describes a future state of the product which can serve as a target for the Scrum Team to plan against. The Product Goal is in the Product Backlog. The rest of the Product Backlog emerges to define “what” will fulfill the Product Goal.
The Product Goal is the long-term objective for the Scrum Team. They must fulfill (or abandon) one objective before taking on the next.”
For some, myself included, taking that basic definition, extending it, and creating clarity on how the Product Goal fits in with other ways we talk about the Product Backlog has been challenging. So, I reached out for some help...
In this episode of The Reluctant Agilist, I'm joined by Ryan Ripley. Ryan is the co-author of "Fixing Your Scrum", the co-host of the Agile for Humans podcast and he's also a Professional Scrum Trainer. During the conversation, Ryan and I dig into what exactly the Prout Goal is, how teams can use it to deliver value and how it fits in with some of the other aspects of the Product Backlog.
If you'd like to check out the podcast Ryan and I recorded on his book Fixing Your Scrum you can find it here: https://bit.ly/3vIWNJq
Links from the Podcast
In November of 2020, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber released a new version of the Scrum Guide. The new version of the Guide introduces some important changes to how Scrum works. One specific area that changed was the Scrum Artifacts.
In this episode of the podcast, I am joined by my good friend Chris Li. Chris is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and the Founder of SparkPlug Agility. During our conversation, Chris and I go deep on changes to the Scrum Artifacts. We cover what has changed, how the changes are likely to impact Scrum practitioners, and we share our thoughts on how the changes to the Scrum Guide may help and hurt.
This interview is a follow-up to the one Eric Tucker and I did last fall that offered a wide-ranging review of changes to the Guide overall. Where that was more general this one is locked in specifically on the Scrum Artifacts.
If you’d like to check out a copy of the new Scrum Guide you can find it here:
If you’d like to contact Chris Li with follow up questions, here is the best way to reach him: