Product Backlog

The Lean Product Backlog – Eliminate Waste

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.

Grooming the Product Backlog

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?

Make the Product Backlog DEEP

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.