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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Manage the Demand for New Features with a Product Backlog

Part of managing when you’ll start which project is managing the demand for new features. If you fall prey to any of the schedule games (especially the one discussed in We Gotta Have It; We’re Toast Without It), it’s time to offer your management the opportunity to manage the demand for new features on a regular basis.

Build a Product Backlog

There are two parts to building a product backlog: what you’ll accomplish in this release and what you’ll list for a future release.

A running list of requirements requests—a product backlog—is different from managing the requirements of the current release. When you commit to some number of requirements for the current release, your customers ...

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