Most software Product Owners would agree that planning for the work that the Agile development teams will undertake is a mix of both art and science.
While the “art” is driven off of a mix of experience, point in time information, fire of the day, and gut feeling, the “science” is often left behind. Additionally, the appropriateness of art vs. science differs depending on the target backlog: Tactical or Strategic.
Agile planning whether in slotting issues for Sprints or grooming the Kanban Ready for Development backlog rarely follows the strict order of priority as ranked in an organizations Agile Planning tool.
Perfectly executed tactical planning without a strategic compass gets the organization nowhere fast.
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