What is a Product Backlog?
Learn About the Scrum Artifact: Product Backlog
As described in the Scrum Guide, the Product Backlog is an ordered list of everything that might be needed in the product and is the single source of requirements for any changes to be made to the product. The Product Owner is responsible for the Product Backlog, including its content, availability, and ordering.
A Product Backlog is never complete. The earliest development of it only lays out the initially known and best-understood requirements. The Product Backlog evolves as the product and the environment in which it will be used evolves. The Product Backlog is dynamic; it constantly changes to identify what the product needs to be appropriate, competitive, and useful. As long as a product exists, its Product Backlog also exists.
Product Backlog refinement is the act of adding detail, estimates, and order to items in the Product Backlog. This is an ongoing process in which the Product Owner and the Development Team collaborate on the details of Product Backlog items. During Product Backlog refinement, items are reviewed and revised.
Multiple Scrum Teams often work together on the same product. One Product Backlog is used to describe the upcoming work on the product. A Product Backlog attribute that groups items may then be employed.
Videos and Webcasts
Myths, Misconceptions, & Mysteries of Product Ownership - Listen to five of the most respected Scrum.org PSPO Trainers – Ralph Jocham, Mark Noneman, Erik Weber, Hiren Doshi, and Simon Reindl in our Scrum Pulse Lean Café on Product Ownership as they guide an enquiry through the mysteries of product ownership.
How One Product Owner Can Support Multiple Scrum Teams - As part of the Scrum Tapas video series, Professional Scrum Trainer, Charles Bradley discusses ways that a Product Owner can spread their knowledge across multiple Scrum Teams. He looks at a few techniques and refinement activities.
- Read the Scrum Glossary to learn more about many of the important terms of Scrum.
- Optimizing Product Backlog Refinement
- Good Product Owners Delete Product Backlog Items
- Product Backlog Refinement Explained: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Product Backlog, not a story card hell
- Product backlog and the Tea Leaves Effect
- Visit the Scrum Blog and Forums