Product Backlog

The Definition of Ready in Scrum

16 Dec 2010 3 min read

“Ready are you? What know you of ready?” says Yoda to Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie “The Empire Strikes Back”. Just as it’s important for Luke to understand what “ready” means, so is it for product owners. Luckily, you don’t have to become a Jedi to find out. Reading this post will be enough.

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The Lean Product Backlog – Limit Variation and Prevent Overburden

23 Jul 2010 2 min read

Many product backlogs are too long, detailed and complex. This is in stark contrast to what the product backlog should be: a simple artefact listing the outstanding work to bring the product to life. This blog post discusses lean techniques to make the backlog concise and focussed by avoiding variation and overburden.

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The Lean Product Backlog – Eliminate Waste

9 Jul 2010 2 min read

Many product backlogs are too long, detailed and complex. This is in stark contrast to what the product backlog should be: a simple artefact listing the outstanding work to bring the product to life. This blog post discusses lean techniques to make the backlog concise and focussed by eliminating waste.

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Prioritising the Product Backlog

18 Jun 2010 2 min read

This blog posts explores four useful factors to prioritise the product backlog: value; risk and uncertainty; releasability; and dependencies.

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When to Break up your Product Backlog

11 Jun 2010 1 min read

Learn when it is time to break up your product backlog.

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Grooming the Product Backlog

15 Feb 2010 4 min read

Product backlog grooming or refinement plays an important part of creating and updating a product in an agile context. Done correctly, it helps you develop a successful product, a product that benefits the customers and users and the organisation developing it. This post provides my tips on grooming the product backlog. It answers questions I often get asked by product owners: Why is grooming important? What does grooming entail? Who should carry it out? When should grooming take place? Which tools and techniques are helpful? Where should the initial backlog be derived from? And how much grooming effort is required?

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Make the Product Backlog DEEP

8 Feb 2010 3 min read

The product backlog is intended to be a simple tool. But in reality, product backlogs are often too long, too detailed, and difficult to use. This post explains how you can avoid this common trap by making your backlog DEEP: Detailed appropriately, estimated, emergent, and prioritised.

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