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A Scrum Product Owner Checklist as a mind map

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If you wonder what a Scrum Product Owner need to do, here’s the checklist (in form of a mind map) for you!

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Scrum Checklist translated to Russian, Japanese, German, and Portuguese

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I’m happy to say that my Scrum Checklist has been translated to several languages:

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Scrum Checklist – version 2.0

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Check out Scrum Checklist version 2.0!

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Kanban checklists

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(Shall be visible with the glance of an eye)

  • Do we have a bottleneck? (look for congestion/queues)
  • Do we have an impediment not dealt with?
  • Are we keeping our work in progress limit (WiP)?
  • Are priorities clear?

Iteration planning (1/week or on need basis)

Expected outcome:

  • Prognosed delivery date given to PO if needed.
    (Use size/velocity or tasks * cycle time)
  • Stories is broken down and estimated


  1. Update charts (velocity and cycle time)
  2. Remove done stories/tasks off kanban board
  3. Lookback last week [max 5 min]
    (What happened? Are we satisfied? Should we adjust WiP limit?)
  4. Team picks one thing to improve on for upcoming week [max 2 min]
  5. Write this down on top of Kanbanboard
  6. PO reads new stories to team
  7. Team breaks down and estimates stories [30 min]
  8. PO revises priorities and makes them visible


  • Can all team members do the broken down tasks?
  • Is WiP limit visible on board?
  • Can we see if we exceed WiP limit at any time?

Daily standup

Expected outcome

  • Impediments are surfaced so we deal with them
  • Team members can share experience of problems earlier encountered
  • NEVER takes more than 5 min (takes some training but is doable)


  1. What did I do yesterday
  2. What will I do today
  3. Do I have an impediment?
  4. As a team, do we need to act?


  • "60sek rule", you have 60s to offer advice to other team members if you can help them
  • All other matter : face2face after daily standup

Scrum checklist

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NOTE – this checklist is deprecated. The latest version is here.

Here’s a first draft of a simple checklist for those of you that are doing Scrum (or believe so…).

The main target group for this checklist are teams that are relatively new to Scrum and likely to get many things wrong.

Each item is tagged by priority. I consider the priority 1 items to be pretty fundamental, I’d hesitate to even call it Scrum if a company hasn’t implemented all those items (or at least has good reasons not to).

When helping companies implement Scrum I normally start by ensuring that all priority 1 items on the checklist are implemented (or intentionally skipped) before even considering priority 2 and priority 3.

Note that these aren’t rules. They are guidelines. A team of 2 people might decide to skip the daily Scrum, since they are pair programming all day anyway and might not need a seperate meeting to synchronize. Fine. Then they have intentionally skipped a Scrum practice but ensured that the underlying purpose of the scrum practice has been fulfillied in another way. That is what counts!

If you are doing Scrum it might be interesting to have the team go through this list at a retrospective. As a discussion tool, not an evaluation tool.

Any feedback is welcome. I plan to update this list.