Chapter 11. Backlog

Backlogs are prioritized lists of requirements used to schedule work to be done for iterations and releases. They enable variable scoping of requirements to meet deadlines and still deliver the most valuable features. Figure 11-1 shows the relationship of the Backlog practice to other practices.

Figure 11-1. The Backlog is created in a Kickoff Meeting, and the items on the Backlog are estimated using Planning Poker.


Business Value

Backlogs are goals for iterations and releases. They improve product utility and increase visibility by enabling high-quality feedback regularly as the goals are met and reviewed. In a sense, they ...

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