Questions tagged [backlog]

Backlog generally refers to an accumulation over time of work waiting to be done or orders to be fulfilled. The product backlog, a list of requirements that is maintained for a product developed using the Scrum methodology.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
2answers
86 views

Should my backlog have a limit?

We are an ops and feature building team for an internal service for a large corporation. The team has a backlog of tickets that, very roughly, would take 6 months to complete plus we are adding more ...
1
vote
5answers
151 views

Backlog Grooming

I have a question regarding backlog grooming. I have completed product prioritization using MoSCOW method. I have it prioritized it as follows. I have rationalized it working with client and gathering ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

When should be done Backlog Refinement Meeting? [closed]

I am a new PO so please help me or guide to understand this better. Per Scrum Guide, I do Sprint planning, my o/p is sprint goal and sprint backlog. I already come to the meeting with PBs and user ...
4
votes
3answers
314 views

Making backlog items independent - how that can be achieved?

Many sources and agile coaches repeat this INVEST mantra, when I stands for "Independent", i.e. defining stories that can be implemented in any order. While it sounds reasonable, I do not believe it ...
1
vote
3answers
165 views

How to ask my Product owner to put all information on the JIRA itself instead of a document pointed inside the JIRA?

I am a developer. A backlog jira is assigned to me for grooming. The jira contains a short description of the requirement and also the acceptance criteria. Also a problematic sentence as below, which ...
1
vote
1answer
72 views

Does the Kanban require teams to work vertically sliced user stories or can we use small technical tasks

I am just revising Anderson's Kanban book where he discusses 'input types' and it doesn't seem like he prescribes whether the team work with vertically sliced user stories - something which has been a ...
1
vote
3answers
141 views

Why single backlog for cross-functional teams is important?

I have 4 teams working on same product. Currently we use separate backlog for each one. When creating a story PO puts it into proper backlog in advance. His list of rough ideas (before they become ...
7
votes
5answers
3k views

Should I leave building the database for the end?

Let's suppose that, as a PO, I have a mini-project with my team. The project consists of displaying messages and announcements on big shared screen. The admin can write messages on a page on his ...
2
votes
1answer
67 views

Is it more effective to create a Trello board for each new sprint or have one long-lived sprint board?

Our software department consists of a single-product team of three developers and two higher-ups with domain knowledge whose roles on our team are similar to that of a product owner. We have ...
2
votes
5answers
107 views

How to collect stakeholder feedback on prioritizing features?

At my company, we've just completed a large survey of features that we might want to add to our web application. Now we want to share this list with about a dozen (non-technical) product stakeholders (...
2
votes
1answer
240 views

How can the Backlog Item's Effort field be auto calculated in Azure DevOps?

In Azure DevOps, under the Scrum template, is there a way to auto calculate the Backlog Item's "Effort" field based on the summation of its child Task items' "Remaining Work" field? Example: A new ...
1
vote
2answers
104 views

Issues with multiple unrelated projects on the same kanban backlog

Recently we've started an experiment that everyone on the team (six devs) pull the top item off the backlog regardless of what it is. For context we maintain eight existing services that compose of ...
1
vote
1answer
66 views

How to structure backlog and ceremonies around a team with separate skillsets working from a backlog which is not directly connected

I have a team of engineers who are building a data intelligence capability for the organisation. As such the team members are I-shaped and the work is I-shaped i.e. 1 team member can only work from 1 ...
1
vote
4answers
201 views

In jira, am I approaching kanban wrong?

Let me start by saying I'm a developer, not a PM - so I'm potentially misunderstanding some fundamentals here. Apologies if so. I have created a jira project, I believe kanban made sense (we need the ...
2
votes
2answers
58 views

Should I word backlog items as what's broken or what work needs to be done?

We have a software project that we are trying to implement some basic project management for and we're starting simple, just using a Trello kanban board to track bugs/feature requests. I am beginning ...
1
vote
5answers
151 views

In Kanban, when do you pull a card into your PM analysis column?

Our kanban board has a familiar form: Backlog > analysis > QA/Dev Review > Ready to go > in Dev ... etc. A topic of discussion found within the team (and across the company) is when should stories ...
3
votes
4answers
656 views

Moving backlog items into Sprint

In Agile, who's the person responsible of moving tickets in Jira (e.g. moving backlog items into Sprint). Is this a Scrum Master's responsibility or Product Owner?
1
vote
1answer
69 views

How do I filter out issues that are in the backlog?

Trying to have a query that filters out issues that are in the backlog. This is a workflow status: I tried statusCategory != Backlog And it says: The value 'Backlog' does not exist for the field '...
0
votes
3answers
136 views

What kind of backlog review is this?

Backsory My company has recently hired a new product manager to handle a medium sized project. The new manager is a self-described "Scrum Master" but hasn't initiated any Sprint planning or other ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

Referencing Business Requirements Document (high level reqs) with Build Backlog (low level reqs)

We currently have "N" Business Requirement Documents that need to have functional requirements checked off as we progress through a large project. These aren't particularly granular and, in some ...
4
votes
6answers
206 views

Should I assign user stories per team or per team member?

Given: A team of 1 Backend Developer, 2 Front End Developers. Definition of Done US acceptance criteria have to be met All subtasks in terms of the user story should be completed Back End subtask ...
5
votes
1answer
240 views

Using the Stacey matrix to capture agile metrics

I recently encountered the Stacey matrix in an answer by Stephan Weinhold. After looking at the linked image provided & doing a bit more reading that describes it as a way to characterize ...
0
votes
3answers
103 views

Product backlog/s definition

Scenario: 1 online shop running on multiple platforms: desktop mobile web mobile app iOS mobile app Android there are common functionalities but platform specific too. Which is the recommended ...
-1
votes
2answers
74 views

What format should I use for Product Backlog Items (PBIs) representing improvements to existing features?

We have an existing system in production, developed using a "chaotic" development process. I'm trying to introduce Scrum for all new development: new features, improvements, and bugs. For new ...
0
votes
2answers
966 views

Is there a good practice for TFS Stack Rank levels usage?

We have this big backlog in which the previous owners* were using its Stack Rank just as a criteria to put the "urgent" items in the top of the list. Whenever something was added and it was urgent or ...
1
vote
3answers
732 views

Scrum for (kind of) Application Support team?

I have recently joined a company and to one of the projects that I'm engaged we have this Scrum team that has a mixed backlog (USs and Bugs). This team's goal is to be fixing urgent bugs and when ...
0
votes
3answers
89 views

How to handle issues that are part of the backlog, solved in the weekend and are not part of current Sprint in Scrum?

There are two issues on the backlog that I want to solve this weekend, that are not part of the current sprint. According to me it is fine to work on this issues as I solve them in my spare time and ...
8
votes
5answers
2k views

Single backlog. Multiple teams. How to handle Backlog Refinement?

Background Hi all, I am an experienced SM but I thought I would crowdsource a solution to this from peers. The project is an enterprise scale migration to the cloud with over 500 customers ...
0
votes
2answers
57 views

JIRAS: Project jiras and backlog under project do not match

I recently joined a new company and am trying to make sense of their JIRA queue. If I look at the issues under the project they vary from the issues listed under the project backlog. Why would there ...
2
votes
4answers
1k views

User Story(ies) for multi-step user sign-up

I'm just starting to use Scrum with a new web project and I'm having some difficulties crafting my Product Backlog. I have a initial user story along the lines of : As a new user I want to sign-up ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

T-Shirt Size and total estimation, how to manage them?

I'm working on a project and the Product Owner has to decide if and how many new game-features implement in a SmartPhone app. Those game-features have the goal of keep the user more active inside the ...
0
votes
2answers
410 views

Merging multiple backlogs into a Visionary/Master backlog on JIRA?

Context An enterprise AWS project with multiple Scrum teams building features. Three additional stakeholder teams (Dev Ops, Operations, CISO) who send support and consultancy requests into the AWS ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

Method for scoring backlog items in Jira based on impact to company goals versus level of effort

My development team uses Jira Cloud, and I'm looking for some way within Jira to prioritize the backlog items (mainly "new features" and "stories"). I'd like to do this by manually assigning scores to ...
1
vote
1answer
85 views

How do I incorporate product managers with Backlog control into JIRA?

My company has several product offerings, each with a dedicated development team, plus a number of people on the business side that control the product's direction. We currently use a homegrown ...
5
votes
5answers
259 views

Where should I keep track of open items from previous sprints?

I have been throwing "things that team will do later" (TTWDL) into the product backlog along with product functionality to be implemented. Needless to say it is now long and full of bugs/ tasks from ...
12
votes
3answers
1k views

Is backlog refinement (grooming) waste?

So, I have seen it happening, especially with online tools: The backlog grows till you don't see the forest for trees, important features drowns in a sea of issues, and duplicates appear because it is ...
0
votes
1answer
280 views

Scrum backlog and sprint planning

So from what I've understand by reading the tutorials on the Atlasian website, the backlog is populated by the project manager and can contain entries as abstract as he wants, with various degrees of ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

Epics and stories prioritization in JIRA

In this answer, an epic-story structure is suggested. I like this approach and I'm trying to utilize it. But, the problems how to handle priorities. More specifically, assume I have two epics (e1 and ...
1
vote
2answers
605 views

How can I create filter by rank?

I have a board with issues sorted by rank, I would like to create a filter with issues that are "higher" than particular issue. Example: I want to filter issues with rank >= SSP-4, so the result ...
3
votes
2answers
184 views

How to deal with reoccurring stories in agile?

We have a number of tasks (which perhaps could be defined as user stories) that re-occur through our project, once every sprint. They are IT/ops related tasks that the rest of the developers depend ...
2
votes
5answers
1k views

How to Record Bugs Following User Story Completion - in Large Projects

We run scrum agile methodology and have a development environment for development. At the end of each sprint, we close off all the tasks/stories that have been completed and promote the code/system to ...
1
vote
3answers
103 views

Estimate depending work items in Scrum

Scenario: Let's say there are two items A and B in the product backlog of a Scrum team. From a PO point of view B has more customer value than A and is therefore ranked higher. When asking a developer ...
-1
votes
4answers
405 views

What to do if a developer is waiting on a colleague to complete his side of the story during a sprint?

So today I was managing my team and they are in the middle of a sprint, I went over to my dev team just to find out how they are getting on. Turned out that one of my developers was waiting on his ...
0
votes
2answers
932 views

Can a single resource be in multiple teams for multiple projects?

A single user is mapped to a multiple teams in an organization which is handling multiple projects simultaneously. Can a scrum master assign the tasks to the user who is in multiple teams and multiple ...
1
vote
2answers
285 views

PBI estimation during grooming session

My question is rather simple: what is your opinion about running backlog grooming session as introduction to sprint planning meeting and estimate PBIs which are clear to the team. From one side it can ...
6
votes
2answers
295 views

What is the best way to handle small items in a backlog?

Background. There is a web platform as a product. There are few teams contributing to it. Usually a team works on a feature, delivers the feature and maintains it. There are millions of end users and ...
12
votes
7answers
7k views

Who truly prioritizes the product backlog? The Product Owner or Team?

I keep reading that during Product Backlog Grooming the development team meets with the PM and the Product Owner and as a team prioritizes the features. Is it ultimately the Product Owner who decides ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

How do I set up a Jira Kanban board to have queues before the backlog?

I have a Kanban board going, but the backlog is large enough to be unmanageable. I'd like to have a pair of queues before the backlog, "untriaged" and "triaged", where the bulk of the long-range ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

User Stories structure for architectural requirenments

Once all user stories are written down for functional requirements, we still need to define some other requirements as communication with a remote server or navigation. This whole process could be ...
0
votes
3answers
174 views

Making burndown chart with 4 sprint

We are in a group of 3 students in computer science, and we are making a website for our customer. First, we make a design for the website, and it took us 2 weeks to finish it. We converted it into ...