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3. Working with the Product Backlog

Few artifacts in Scrum are as popular as the product backlog. And there is a reason: The product backlog is beautifully simple—a prioritized list of the outstanding work necessary to bring the product to life. Its items can include the exploration of customer needs or various technical options, a description of both functional and nonfunctional requirements, the work necessary to launch the product, and other items as well, such as setting up the environment or remediating defects. The product backlog supersedes traditional requirements artifacts, such as market and product requirements specifications. The product owner is responsible for managing the product ...


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As the person responsible for grooming the product backlog with your team, it is helpful to have a toolkit of techniques available. This lesson presents some approaches for grooming a typical backlog and recommendations for handling more complicated ones.