Should we establish Business Value per each Work item?

One of my previous posts was related with Agile Perfomance Indicators and their use in order to understand teams and business behaviour.

From that moment, I didn’t stop thinking how could we improve one of these performance indicators. In other words the “Delivered Work Items”.

As everyone knows, when we deliver a work item we are delivering or should be delivering value. Nevertheless, I do agree this is a complex and very subjective metric to try to come up with.

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After having surfed a bit the web I found an interesting article on this topic. Why not establish Business Value Points per each work item?

Roman Pichler in the book Agile Product Management with Scrum says:

“Value is a common prioritisation prioritisation factor. We certanly want to deliver the most value items first.” [1]

Well.. I do believe that, with this approach the Product Owners have a better way to understand each work item and their priority to be implemented by the teams.

Nevertheless, after discussing this subject and article I received the following question:

“What happens when a team starts to get consistently work items that have low points? Do they get demotivated?”

My thoughts and my answer to this question was:

A team shouldn’t just receive US with low Business Value Points. What can we do to change that?

Also, should we implement a feature that has low business value, or should we pick up features with more business value?

What are your thoughts about this subject and approach?

References:

[1] Roman Pichler | Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products That Customers Love 

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