02 – Backlog Management

Backlog Management takes the form of a list with everything needed to achieve a solution. It also records, tracks, and prioritizes remaining work items.

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Definition

Characteristics:

  • It takes the form of a list with everything needed to achieve a solution.

  • It records, tracks, and prioritizes remaining work items.

  • These items have the attributes of a description, an order, an estimation, and a value.

  • A backlog is never complete! It is dynamic and constantly changed to identify what makes a product appropriate, competitive, and useful.

Why use backlog management

Backlog Management aims to maximize the value of the product by adding, grooming, and prioritizing items within it.

Strengths


· Effectively adapting to the stakeholders’ changing needs and priorities.

· It prioritizes the items that must be worked on, which saves consequent time and resources.

· It can be an effective communication vehicle. Stakeholders can understand what items are about to be worked on, what items are scheduled farther out, and which ones may not be worked on for some time.

Warning


· Large backlogs may become cumbersome and difficult to manage.

· It takes experience to be able to break down the work to be done into enough detail for accurate estimation.

· A lack of detail in the items in the backlog can result in lost information over time





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