Scrum Agile Project Management

Practical Backlog Prioritization in Scrum

The prioritized product backlog is core to being Agile. A well prioritized backlog allows us to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software at then end of each sprint in Scrum. Lean and Kanban may call it something else, but there too, prioritized work is key.

At the same time, prioritizing work is an extremely difficult activity. Internal customers, non-functional requirements, investigations, proof of concepts and technical dependencies are just some of the types of work that a backlog can contain. How do you know what the business value is of each. This session provides novice and experienced Product Owners with the tools to prioritize any backlog, focusing on four key concepts; currencies, opportunity cost of delay, classes of service and types of work. Each technique is demonstrated at the hand of real-life examples, gathered through years of Agile Coaching. The same techniques will even help you prioritize that never-ending to-do list at home.

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