From my talk at WordCamp Seattle 2011:
Most people who work with WordPress every day have at best a passing familiarity with what BackPress is. And for good reason – its a very unfinished project, with very few real-world examples and very scarce documentation. At its heart, though, BackPress is (was) a very ambitious project, and still can be valuable to developers who learned to code hacking on WordPress. The same functionality and structure that makes WordPress so easy and pleasant to work on can be harnessed to just about any end you can imagine. I’ll try to explain when and where BackPress might be a good choice to use on a project, and what to look at if you’re thinking about getting started in it.