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Product Backlog vs Sprint Backlog
Last Post 18 Jan 2014 06:51 AM by Ian Mitchell. 5 Replies.
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nsanzana
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14 Jan 2014 07:34 AM
    Hi Guys,

    I know that Product Backlog should contains user stories and is managed by Product Owner, while that Sprint Backlog the responsible is the Team.

    1) This image is really a Product Backlog?

    http://epf.eclipse.org/wikis/scrum/Scrum/workproducts/resources/productbacklog.jpg

    2) This image is really a Sprint Backlog?

    https://www.scrum.org/portals/0/Images/Sprint-Backlog.png

    Thanks for your response

    Regards
    MrHinsh
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    14 Jan 2014 07:40 AM
    >>This image is really a Product Backlog? http://epf.eclipse.org/wikis/scrum/Scrum/workproducts/resources/productbacklog.jpg

    This looks like a reasonable example of a product backlog. I have no idea if it is a good well formed backlog however. I would need to see the detail that is on each of the PBI's. for that.

    >>This image is really a Sprint Backlog? https://www.scrum.org/portals/0/Images/Sprint-Backlog.png

    I would say no. It is a visual representation of the contents of a Sprint Backlog and not one itself. Think of the Sprint Backlog as those PBI's that you have agreed with the PO to attempt with a plan to complete them. So it is simply one or more PBI's broken down into a plan.

    The most common form of a Sprint backlog is a bunch of tasks under each PBI.

    Did that help?
    Ludwig
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    Ludwig

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    14 Jan 2014 07:54 AM
    Hi nsanzana,


    1) This image is really a Product Backlog?

    http://epf.eclipse.org/wikis/scrum/Scrum/workproducts/resources/productbacklog.jpg



    There is no rule in SCRUM forbidding this to be a product backlog. It is ordered and estimated, so the team should be able to work with it.



    2) This image is really a Sprint Backlog?

    https://www.scrum.org/portals/0/Images/Sprint-Backlog.png



    This is a symbol picture of a sprint backlog. Of course a real sprint backlog needs content inside the rectangles: At least Descriptions and estimates for the PBIs and descriptions for the tasks.
    Best, Ludwig
    Ian Mitchell
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    14 Jan 2014 02:35 PM
    >This image is really a Product Backlog?

    It would be...apart from the "By" attribute. This appears to show individual ownership of PBIs or their estimates. If either case is true, then that's not a Scrum Product Backlog. In Scrum the PBIs should be owned by the Product Owner, while the Development Team should be collectively responsible for estimates.

    > This image is really a Sprint Backlog?

    No. It looks like a schematic of a task board. The two states on the left (PBI and ToDo) may represent a valid Sprint Backlog if populating them is the output of Sprint Planning, and if they are regularly updated.


    Joshua Partogi
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    15 Jan 2014 06:33 AM
    I like to oversimplify it to help those who are still new to Scrum as such :

    Product Backlog: list of things that needs to be done to make the product come into existence
    Sprint Backlog: list of things that needs to be done in the current Sprint, which includes selected Product Backlog items

    Ian Mitchell
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    Ian Mitchell

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    18 Jan 2014 06:51 AM
    Incidentally, a couple of years ago David Starr and Ryan Cromwell discussed exactly that taskboard image in the context of what should constitute a Sprint Backlog. You can read about it here:

    https://www.scrum.org/About/All-Articles/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/94/The-New-New-Sprint-Backlog




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