Questions tagged [product-backlog]

In Scrum the Product Backlog is an emergent, ordered list of what is needed to improve the product. It is the single source of work undertaken by the Scrum Team. The Product Owner has complete control over its creation and ordering.

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Agile Stories which are not Unblocked until Middle of Sprint

We are using Agile Two Week Sprints cycles. Sometimes we take on JIRA stories which are blocked, and will not be unblocked until the middle 1 week into of the sprint. Another person's code is complete,...
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Can I take out tasks during a Sprint if I am replacing them with more important tasks that those unstarted tasks would be dependent on?

I have two tickets that have not yet started. A new ticket is being brought in that these tickets would be dependent on. Can I move them now into the next Sprint before this current Sprint has ...
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Does Jira allow you to move an item in the current Sprint to the next Sprint but still have it count in the current one?

I would like to continue working on an item in the next Sprint, but if I move my card into the backlog for that Sprint it will remove it from the current Sprint. That isn't what I want. I would like ...
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How to use velocity when PBIs are so large

So, I'm very junior and am wanting to learn PM stuff, and I'm encountering a strange issue in my team. We want to use velocity as a way to see whether we're improving or not. However, my understanding ...
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Should user stories be delivered orally?

I have studied software engineering and learned a decent amount about requirements engineering. I also took a course in Scrum. I've now worked at several different companies, and so far, I haven't ...
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In Scrum, should we prepare the Product Backlog at the beginning of each Sprint or only at the beginning of the project?

I know that the Sprint Backlog is a subset of the Product Backlog which contains the tasks to be completed in the current Sprint. Does this mean that the Product Backlog should be fully ready and ...
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Estimating values in Sprint Backlog

How is value (in a scale of 1-10) assigned in Estimate of Value calculated (For instance as shown in figure below) in Product Backlog in Scrum Process?
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How to deal with ineffective Product Backlog refinement?

We are following Scrum but our Product Backlog refinement meetings are not successful at all. The Product Owner (PO) presents a story and there are so many open questions and loose ends that we never ...
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How do you handle change requests in Scrum?

I am working on a project. My client has asked for a requirement that slightly deviates from the initial terms and conditions agreement. I think it's a change request. In Scrum, how do I handle a ...
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Is it the product owner's responsibility to provide requirements around data mapping/transformation?

I'm a full stack software engineer. I have worked at many companies ranging from fortune 100 companies to startups and this issue is something i have heard different points of view on. This is the ...
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Is Task always decomposed from User Story?

I've heard many times that tasks are basically subsets of user stories and they are derived from User Stories, so on the scale of amount of work that is needed to finish them, a Task is always smaller ...
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Minimum number of items in the Product Backlog for an Affinity estimate

I found this question in an exam and I'm puzzled: Affinity estimate is a technique used for arriving at a high level estimate quickly. What should be the minimum number of items in the Product ...
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Should tasks ever be added to Product Backlog?

I suppose that Product Backlog is a place for product requirements (business scope), and not for tasks. But some sources suggest that we also need to add tasks. For example, tasks that need to be done ...
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Product Backlog refinement: owner & activity

I am trying to learn Scrum, and these are some question I have: Estimating the size of Product Backlog items can be considered as a Product Backlog refinement activity? Who is accountable for ...
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How do you differentiate between Product & (Dev) Ops activities for an Agile project?

I have worked with various sizes of organisations and everyone has had a way of seperating between DevOps (Engineering) activities and Product (Functionality development) activities. Some had ...
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What is the definition of Product

When working Scrum we are familiar with the words "Product Owner" and "Product Backlog" but what is "Product"?
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Help - Technical team does not want to work in agile way

I am a Product Owner on a Scrum Team whose developers do not want to embrace work in an agile, incremental fashion. Simple example: the customer currently has to contact us to create users each time ...
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How can I effectively differentiate the Sprint Goal from the Sprint Backlog?

I'm facing a situation where I have to explain with an example the difference between a Sprint Goal and a Sprint Backlog. Here's how I understand it: The Sprint Goal is an objective that needs to be ...
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Difference between grooming and refinement

What is the difference between the terms "grooming" and "refinement" of the product backlog in scrum methodology? I am not able to find an accurate answer to this question. Are they the same?
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How to create an agile release plan with product scope already started?

I starting an projects which will use Agile approach, I am creating my road map, the first release with its features. The things is that an app that that one of the developers created by himself ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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User Stories breakdown for back-end team

I'm a product owner without any technical background especially without a correct sense from the back-end development process and tasks. I have a brief knowledge about MVC architecture but our team ...
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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 (...
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Specifications in spreadsheets vs. stories in JIRA

I think this is a very common issue a lot of companies fight with. So I would like to ask for your input. Product Owners often prefer to keep specifications in Google spreadsheet. And then write user ...
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How to split or manage a PBI/User Story in multiple sprints for different task types

We're struggling to break Product Backlog Items (PBIs)/User Stories into Sprint-sized chunks as we have multiple steps that need to be completed in a linear fashion. Each release goes through ...
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Is the product owner responsible to make long-term estimations about PBI in Scrum?

We know in Scrum, the responsible for make estimations is solely responsibility of the development team, but in long term planning, for example a release planning, we'd to have some kind of estimation ...
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What should we do if there are not enough PBIs to fill a final Sprint in Scrum?

Background Scenario At the end of a project, there aren't enough story points to fill a two-week Sprint based on the velocity of the team. Capacity & Backlog The average velocity of the ...