Advantages of using a Product Backlog for Scrum Teams
Creating and maintaining a Product Backlog is a primary task for every Scrum team. It is the base of a successful development process for a specific product. A well-structured backlog brings not only value to your product itself. In fact it also improves your team productivity.
What is a Product Backlog?
A product backlog can easily be described as a to-do list or a buffer for a project. It contains a list of all the tasks and items that are needed to develop a product. Therefore it is is a very dynamic space and always unfinished. It is constantly reviewed, refined, and reordered. Furthermore, you can also add or remove items through the development process. The product owner is responsible for the management of the product backlog.
Why is it important?
When you specifically collect all product-related tasks in a list, this will help you to:
- break down your project into smaller pieces of work
- identify the priority of your tasks
- strategically plan the development of your roadmap
- keep the stakeholder updated
- store ideas and thoughts of the team
- get a better understanding of the work needs to be done
- improve your organization, productivity and collaboration in the team
- deliver a valuable product
How to create a Product Backlog?
Be aware of the requirements of your product. Your roadmap will be the base for an understandable backlog.
Add ideas and items to your to-do list related to the roadmap by using user stories and epics.
You need to prioritize items from the highest priority (top of the list) to low priority.