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Executable Specifications with Scrum: A Practical Guide to Agile Requirements Discovery by Mario Cardinal

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Chapter 5. Refining User Stories by Grooming the Product Backlog

You learned in the previous chapter that iterative discovery of desirements involves expressing user stories with the help of a product backlog. The purpose of this chapter is to learn how to groom the product backlog so that you can plan sprints that will increase the quality of feedback loops.

In this chapter, you will learn the importance of the product owner for the product backlog. This chapter discusses how the team refines user stories by grooming the product backlog. Grooming is the act of ranking, illustrating, sizing, and splitting user stories. You will see how to use collaboration boards to make explicit the grooming process, with a minimum of formality. Finally, it ...

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