Product Backlog vs Sprint Backlog

Last post 07:51 am January 18, 2014
by Ian Mitchell
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08:34 am January 14, 2014

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/product…

2) This image is really a Sprint Backlog?

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

Thanks for your response

Regards

08:40 am January 14, 2014

>>This image is really a Product Backlog? http://epf.eclipse.org/wikis/scrum/Scrum/workproducts/resources/product…

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?

08:54 am January 14, 2014

Hi nsanzana,

1) This image is really a Product Backlog?

http://epf.eclipse.org/wikis/scrum/Scrum/workproducts/resources/product…

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

03:35 pm January 14, 2014

>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.

07:33 am January 15, 2014

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

07:51 am January 18, 2014

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/articl…