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Agile 101: Product Backlog

In an Agile project, you don’t create large documents to hold user requirements; in fact, you don’t need a traditional document at all. The preferred technique is to use a product backlog, which represents a prioritized collection of work remaining on the project at any given time.


Tom Mochal

President, TenStep Inc

Tom Mochal, PgMP, PMP, TSPM is the president of TenStep, Inc. (www.TenSt…

In an Agile project you don’t create large documents to hold user requirements. In fact you don’t need a traditional document at all. The preferred technique is to create a product backlog.

The backlog is not a document as much as it is simply the prioritized collection of work that is remaining on a project. This could be a spreadsheet or table that contains a list of user stories. It could also be a stack of index cards that each holds a user story or a unique item of work.

The initial product backlog is generated at the start of an Agile project. The timing could coincide with an initiation phase for the project or during an initial set-up iteration (sometimes …



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