I am confused about the two following statements and how do they both influence on which items be included into the Sprint backlog:
- The Sprint Goal and Sprint plan is produced by the collaborative work of the entire Scrum Team.
- The Product Owner builds the order of items in the Product backlog in order to best achieve goals and missions.
If the final say about the order of items belongs to the Product Owner, I have to make a (possibly wrong) conclusion, that actually it is the Product Owner who defines the next Sprint Goal or plan. I understand that the PO works in a close collaboration with the team, however the emphasis of the fact the order of items in the Product backlog is in the sole power and responsibility of the PO, makes it contradictory the statement about that the entire Scrum team has anything to do with defining the Sprint goal and plan.
In other words, what it the "canonical" process of picking up items for the next Sprint backlog? To what extent the existent order of items in the Product backlog influence on this process?