I am having a debate with someone at work, think I know the answer, but I would like to hear what other people think. If anything, this will confirm that I am right, or show me a better way to approach what I am working on.
In this situation, I am acting in the role of Scrum Master as the business analyst on the project. I believe that items in the backlog should not be assigned to a specific user. I also believe that items should not be assigned to me when I am grooming or vetting them, including defining requirements or acceptance criteria.
I am trying to avoid having to constantly process a large list of unactionable items, which is what happens when every item in the backlog is assigned to me. I should be able to focus just on the items in the backlog that I am grooming or vetting. Plus, I also work as a developer, so it helps if I can see a clear list of items that I am managing, rather than have items assigned to me that are not included in the current sprint.
What do you think?