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What Buddhism teaches us about refinement

I’ve seen many teams struggle with refinement. Problems I often encounter include: doing too little, wasting a lot of time in unproductive meetings, not capturing important decisions, assuming each backlog item has to be a user story, not allowing any uncertainty in the backlog items, etc. In this post I want to focus on one refinement problem: only looking at one product dimension.

The Scrum Guide doesn’t give much guidance on refinement. The word “refinement” occurs 4 times, and all in this one paragraph:

Product Backlog




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Robert van Lieshout

Robert van Lieshout

Father, learner, coach & agilist. I'm passionate about nature and helping people become their best selves.

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