Category Archives: Backlog Items

Initiative Burndown Charts

(The following is an edited excerpt from my upcoming book: “The Product Owner Role Explained”.) When an initiative starts, there’s always interest in knowing when it will be completed. Certainly the Management team would want to know and the Product … Continue reading

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Splitting, Spawning or Combining Backlog Items

When a backlog item is first added to a product backlog, rarely will it be in its final form. At a minimum the user story (u/s) and acceptance criteria (a/c) will change as the Product Owner works on refining the … Continue reading

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What are “Story Time” Meetings for?

Invariably, when I introduce the concept of a “Story Time” meeting to a Scrum Team, there’s always one or two members who give me a puzzled look. My explanation typically includes an acknowledgement that it’s a silly name but one … Continue reading

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Four Factors that Define a “Healthy” Product Backlog

I’ve been creating a product backlog for a new initiative recently and the exercise got me thinking about how you assess how good it is. After all, a product backlog isn’t a static set of requirements in the traditional sense. … Continue reading

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Managing Defects Found During a Sprint

Under the Waterfall software development methodology the typical lifecycle includes Design, Coding, Testing, and Deployment where the separate stages occur in sequence with some parallelization of work depending on the project and organization. As the name implies and process diagram … Continue reading

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When are Backlog Items “Sprint Ready”?

In Scrum, the Product Owner creates and maintains the Product Backlog which represents business needs in the form of backlog items. These items can be at various stages of refinement, generally with the vaguest ideas at the bottom and the … Continue reading

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Converting Product Concepts into Backlog Items

© 2012 William Patrick Swisher One of the more challenging aspects of Scrum for new Product Owners is the process of creating backlog items from product concepts. While the level of detail necessary is similar to what’s required for Waterfall … Continue reading

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