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The Scrum Field Guide: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond, Second Edition by Mitch Lacey

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Chapter 29. Prioritizing and Estimating Large Backlogs—The Big Wall

You’ve just finished a great story-writing workshop with your stakeholders. You’re excited about the new product and are anxious to get started. Until, that is, you get back to your office and look at the mountain of stories that you now somehow have to estimate and prioritize. All your excitement disappears as you face the hard truth: You have no idea where to start.

The sheer size of new product backlogs can be overwhelming. That’s why you need to attack them with something even bigger. I’m talking about a club that’s about 14 feet wide and 10 feet high. You need to find yourself a big wall. That’s what the folks in this chapter’s story did—with excellent results.

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