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What is Product Backlog
Grooming and Why it is Critical
by Samer Fallouh
https://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-gr...
Dialexa
We are on a mission to make every
company a great technology company.
We work with organizations to define
and exe...
The new product
development
process can be
messy and
unwieldy if it's not
managed
carefully.Get the full write up of this ...
In agile projects, product backlog grooming
is the key to making sure that projects stay
on track.
Get the full write up o...
In this post, we share what it is,
best practices for effective backlog
grooming meetings and how it
makes for better (and...
WHAT IS BACKLOG GROOMING?
Get the full write up of this slideshare at
http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-groomi...
Backlog is defined as the full set
of user stories not in the current sprint
that defines the remainder of the
project's s...
When that happens, the status of individual user
stories can become unclear, the team can lose focus
on important tasks an...
Enter the product backlog grooming
meeting, which is basically a
meeting between the project
manager and customer point of...
You may also hear it
referred to as a product
backlog refinement
meeting or story time
session,
Get the full write up of t...
but whatever the
terminology, the
purpose is to discuss
the current backlog
list and offer
suggestions for
improving it, w...
Writing new user stories, a process we outline
in the post, Our Approach to Developing User
Stories.
Get the full write up...
Refining and
reprioritizing
previously
written user
stories and
breaking them
down into
smaller stories,
if needed.
Get th...
Redefining
acceptance
and testing
criteria.
Get the full write up of this slideshare at
http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-prod...
Reviewing time
and personnel
estimates for
individual backlog
items, utilizing
what we've learned
from completed
sprints.G...
Adding new product features, then
prioritizing and estimating them.
Get the full write up of this slideshare at
http://by....
Looking more extensively into
the total backlog to enable
long-range technical and
project planning.
Get the full write up...
Take special note of the last
item: long-range technical and
project planning.
Get the full write up of this slideshare at...
Many project managers limit
grooming meetings to tasks
related to the next sprint, but we
believe that approach misses an
...
For example, the meeting can be useful in alerting
product owners of possible challenges and obstacles
down the road, keep...
BACKLOG
GROOMING BEST
PRACTICES
Get the full write up of this slideshare at
http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-...
Timing is Critical
Get the full write up of this slideshare at
http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and-...
At Dialexa, we normally hold
the backlog grooming
meeting 3-4 days after the
start of a sprint (around a
week before the n...
As the project status is then
fresh on participants' minds,
the client is familiar with
recent project progress and
gaps p...
The meeting should leave the team feeling familiar with the
product backlog and with a clear understanding of the goals fo...
At the end of each
sprint, we do a sprint
planning meeting to
verify there are no major
changes to the backlog
and decide ...
This allows the development team to start the
next sprint with confidence.
Get the full write up of this slideshare at
htt...
Plan for Success
Get the full write up of this slideshare at
http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and-
w...
Implementing well-managed meetings
will improve the overall speed and
efficiency of the sprint planning meetings
that foll...
It's important to clearly
state expectations
upfront for what needs
to be accomplished
during the meeting and
have a set a...
This puts everyone in the same mindset, saves valuable time and
keeps the meeting flowing smoothly. Sometimes these recurr...
The goal here is for all attendees to leave the meeting
with a clear understanding of what is left for project
completion ...
Right Folks, Right
TimeGet the full write up of this slideshare at
http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-...
Attendees
should include
the project
manager, the
customer point
of contact and
key individual
development
team
members, i...
A well organized backlog grooming meeting
can save the time of valuable development
resources.
Get the full write up of th...
Some companies limit
customer participation, but at
Dialexa, the customer is a
part of the team and we
teach them the danc...
We have found that educating and
partnering with our clients in a transparent
way is key to reducing surprises and
increas...
FINAL THOUGHT
Get the full write up of this slideshare at
http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and-
why-...
There's no question that backlog grooming
meetings are a critical step in improving the
speed and efficiency of your agile...
greatly reducing scope creep and increasing
team grasp of project deliverables. Adhering
to the best practices above can e...
To learn more about how
Dialexa solves problems, read
our approach to the new product
development process for
software.
Ge...
PROPERTY OF DIALEXA LLC ©2017 - CONFIDENTIAL & PROPRIETARY
Thank You
Doug Platts
doug@dialexa.com
If you are looking to un...
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What is Product Backlog Grooming and Why it is Critical

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The new product development process can be messy and unwieldy if it's not managed carefully. In agile projects, product backlog grooming is the key to making sure that projects stay on track.

In this slideshare, we share what it is, best practices for effective backlog grooming meetings and how it makes for better (and easier) sprint planning.

Get the full write-up here: https://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and-why-is-it-important

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What is Product Backlog Grooming and Why it is Critical

  1. 1. What is Product Backlog Grooming and Why it is Critical by Samer Fallouh https://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and-why-is-it-important
  2. 2. Dialexa We are on a mission to make every company a great technology company. We work with organizations to define and execute digital transformation strategies to improve business operations and customer experiences. Our services include: • Multi-Year Technology Roadmap • Platform Engineering • User Experience Design • Custom Software Development • Hardware Prototyping /IoT
  3. 3. The new product development process can be messy and unwieldy if it's not managed carefully.Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  4. 4. In agile projects, product backlog grooming is the key to making sure that projects stay on track. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  5. 5. In this post, we share what it is, best practices for effective backlog grooming meetings and how it makes for better (and easier) sprint planning. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  6. 6. WHAT IS BACKLOG GROOMING? Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  7. 7. Backlog is defined as the full set of user stories not in the current sprint that defines the remainder of the project's scope. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  8. 8. When that happens, the status of individual user stories can become unclear, the team can lose focus on important tasks and they may have trouble estimating the time and resources needed to complete items, and the project completion date can slip. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  9. 9. Enter the product backlog grooming meeting, which is basically a meeting between the project manager and customer point of contact in which the participants break the backlog down into user stories and reprioritize them. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  10. 10. You may also hear it referred to as a product backlog refinement meeting or story time session, Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  11. 11. but whatever the terminology, the purpose is to discuss the current backlog list and offer suggestions for improving it, which may take the form of: Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  12. 12. Writing new user stories, a process we outline in the post, Our Approach to Developing User Stories. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  13. 13. Refining and reprioritizing previously written user stories and breaking them down into smaller stories, if needed. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  14. 14. Redefining acceptance and testing criteria. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  15. 15. Reviewing time and personnel estimates for individual backlog items, utilizing what we've learned from completed sprints.Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  16. 16. Adding new product features, then prioritizing and estimating them. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  17. 17. Looking more extensively into the total backlog to enable long-range technical and project planning. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  18. 18. Take special note of the last item: long-range technical and project planning. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  19. 19. Many project managers limit grooming meetings to tasks related to the next sprint, but we believe that approach misses an opportunity to keep a project that's in good shape running well in subsequent sprints. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  20. 20. For example, the meeting can be useful in alerting product owners of possible challenges and obstacles down the road, keeping the team on track and ahead of schedule. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  21. 21. BACKLOG GROOMING BEST PRACTICES Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  22. 22. Timing is Critical Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  23. 23. At Dialexa, we normally hold the backlog grooming meeting 3-4 days after the start of a sprint (around a week before the next sprint in our typical two week sprints), and the meeting typically follows a demo of the prior sprint's deliverables. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  24. 24. As the project status is then fresh on participants' minds, the client is familiar with recent project progress and gaps prior to discussing the backlog. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  25. 25. The meeting should leave the team feeling familiar with the product backlog and with a clear understanding of the goals for the next sprint. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  26. 26. At the end of each sprint, we do a sprint planning meeting to verify there are no major changes to the backlog and decide the expected content for the next sprint. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  27. 27. This allows the development team to start the next sprint with confidence. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  28. 28. Plan for Success Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  29. 29. Implementing well-managed meetings will improve the overall speed and efficiency of the sprint planning meetings that follow, helping to boost commitment and product familiarity. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  30. 30. It's important to clearly state expectations upfront for what needs to be accomplished during the meeting and have a set agenda. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  31. 31. This puts everyone in the same mindset, saves valuable time and keeps the meeting flowing smoothly. Sometimes these recurring meetings can get tedious so a well-run meeting will make all the difference. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  32. 32. The goal here is for all attendees to leave the meeting with a clear understanding of what is left for project completion and the upcoming sprint goals. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  33. 33. Right Folks, Right TimeGet the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  34. 34. Attendees should include the project manager, the customer point of contact and key individual development team members, if required. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  35. 35. A well organized backlog grooming meeting can save the time of valuable development resources. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  36. 36. Some companies limit customer participation, but at Dialexa, the customer is a part of the team and we teach them the dance that is an agile project. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  37. 37. We have found that educating and partnering with our clients in a transparent way is key to reducing surprises and increasing understanding of all involved.Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  38. 38. FINAL THOUGHT Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  39. 39. There's no question that backlog grooming meetings are a critical step in improving the speed and efficiency of your agile project, Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  40. 40. greatly reducing scope creep and increasing team grasp of project deliverables. Adhering to the best practices above can ensure that you get the most of backlog grooming meetings. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  41. 41. To learn more about how Dialexa solves problems, read our approach to the new product development process for software. Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product-backlog-grooming-and- why-is-it-important
  42. 42. PROPERTY OF DIALEXA LLC ©2017 - CONFIDENTIAL & PROPRIETARY Thank You Doug Platts doug@dialexa.com If you are looking to undertake a digital transformation initiative, contact Dialexa today and see how we can help make your company a great technology company.Get the full write up of this slideshare at http://by.dialexa.com/what-is-product- backlog-grooming-and-why-is-it-important

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