By Anders Liu-Lindberg, The Business Partnering Institute
It is 10 AM Monday morning and agile teams within a financial services company are about to start their fortnightly sprint planning meetings. Preparing for the meeting, the product owner of one agile team spent an hour with his finance business partner. The business partner had reviewed the sprint backlog and made a financial assessment of each of the items in the backlog.
They discussed the pro’s and con’s of each item considering the benefits for the customer into the discussion. In preparation for the meeting, the business partner had assessed how each item could positively impact the customer experience and brand reputation of the company. Utilizing this input, they jointly did a holistic scoring of each item considering both financial and non-financial metrics and prioritized what items should go into the next sprint.