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How a Product Owner is Like an Air Traffic Controller

I was watching a television show recently about Air Traffic Controllers and how their job has evolved over time. It was interesting to note that their job has been basically the same since the beginning where they have to track … 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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