Product Backlog

How to Reduce the Product Backlog Size

13 Aug 2019 3 min read

While it’s normal that a product backlog changes, some backlogs grow too big and become overly long and detailed. Consequently, they are difficult to update, prioritise, and refine. The following tips help you simplify such a backlog so you can manage with it more easily.

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When should Product Backlog Grooming Take Place?

25 Jan 2017 4 min read

A well-groomed product backlog facilitates the development of a successful product: It incorporates new insights and learning, and it provides items that are ready to be implemented. But when should you work on the backlog? Before the new sprint starts or afterwards? And how can you decide which option is appropriate? In this post, I discuss four options with their benefits and drawbacks to help you make the right choice.

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10 Product Backlog Tips

2 Nov 2016 3 min read

Working with the product backlog can be challenging, and many product owners wrestle with overly long and detailed backlogs. This blog post provides ten practical tips that help you work with your product backlog effectively.

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How Detailed should the Product Backlog be?

14 Jul 2015 3 min read

The product backlog is a great tool. But using it effectively can be difficult. One of the challenges is to get the level of detail right. An overly detailed backlog is unwieldy and hard to manage. But a product backlog that is too coarse-grained is also not helpful: It provides too little guidance for the development team. This post helps you strike the right balance between too much and too little detail. It shows you how determine the right amount of detail for your product backlog.

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The Product Roadmap and the Product Backlog

9 Sep 2014 3 min read

The product backlog is a great tool to capture ideas and requirements. But it is less suited to describe how the product is likely to develop in the longer term. This is where the product roadmap comes in. But how do the product backlog and the product roadmap relate? Is the backlog derived from the roadmap or is it the other way round? Should the product owner be responsible for both artefacts? Read on to find out my recommendations.

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How to Choose the Right Product Validation Technique in Scrum

23 Apr 2014 5 min read

Scrum employs the product demo as its default technique to understand if the right product with the right features is developed. While a product demo can be very effective, it can also be limiting. Like any research and validation technique, demoes have their strengths and weaknesses. This post provides an overview of alternative validation methods so you can choose the one that is best suited for your product.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Backlog

6 Mar 2013 2 min read

The product backlog is an important tool: It lists the ideas and requirements necessary to create a product. But is it always the right tool to use? This post discusses the strengths of a traditional product backlog together with its limitations. It provides advice on when to use the backlog, and when other tools may be better suited.

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The Product Backlog Grooming Steps

2 Apr 2012 3 min read

Grooming the product backlog helps you make the right product decisions by integrating new insights into the backlog, and it helps you get the product backlog ready for the next sprint. In this post, I share a systematic approach to carrying out the grooming work that takes into account new feedback and data, leverages a collaborative approach, and comprises of key five steps.

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The Product Backlog as a Learning Tool

12 Jan 2012 3 min read

Leverage the power of customer feedback, and use your product backlog as a learning tool. Discover the right product features and take advantage of emerging requirements by integrating customer a feedback into the backlog early and frequently.

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The Product Backlog Board

7 Mar 2011 4 min read

Are you struggling with your product backlog? Then try my Product Backlog Board, a structured hierarchical product backlog that helps make sure you have ready items, capture non-functional requirements, and integrate your requirement models.

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