The relationship between Product Owner, Business Analyst and Tester

In an Agile/Scrum team the Product Owner manages the Product Backlog, a Business Analyst may help further elaborate the backlog. Acceptance Criteria is “one of the” or the output of that elaboration. A Tester may futher define the Acceptance Criteria and write test scripts to verify it. What is the relationship between the three roles? Inseparable, acquaintance or in a love triangle?

My thoughts spring from the fact that I have frequently seen a gap between the tester and BA/Product Owner’s understanding of the requirements. I accept that the BA comes from the business perspective and the tester from the system/specification perspective. How can the two reach the same understanding of what the end system will deliver?

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Using JIRA for Agile Project Management (without Green Hopper)

Jira from Atlassian  is a very popular issue tracking software and can be quite effectively used for Agile Project Management. Jira has a plugin (Green Hopper) that allows for creation of a backlog, iterations and tasks.  However, with help from the free Mylyn plugin for Eclipse I was able to setup a Product Backlog and Iteration Backlogs.

For the User Stories in the product backlog I created two issue types (Epic & User Story).  Story hierarchies can be represented using Jira Links.

Note: Currently Jira connector in Mylyn has an issue with the “depends on” and “is depended on by” relationships. It displays them the wrong way around in the Tasklist hierarchy.  You can keep track of the following issues to see if they’re fixed: 255680, 223151.

For Iteration Backlog I created a version for each iteration and assigned the stories to that version/iteration. Each leaf story can then have Jira Sub-tasks to represent the tasks in a particular iteration. The Resolved state of the story is used to mark it complete and Colsed state is used to mark it as “accepted”. You can use Mylyn to see story hierarchies, also I found Mylyn to be a much more intuitive interface when working on Product and Iteration backlogs.