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A Backlog in Agile refers to a prioritized list of tasks, user stories, or features that need to be completed. It serves as a dynamic repository of work that the team plans to address in future iterations or sprints.

How do you prioritize items in a Backlog?

Factors for Prioritization:

  1. Think about the value: Consider how much each item will benefit the business or customers. Focus on items that will bring the most value or address critical needs.
  2. Check for dependencies: Some items may rely on others being completed first. Identify any dependencies and prioritize accordingly.
  3. Take urgency into account: If there are items with time-sensitive requirements or immediate deadlines, prioritize those to ensure they are completed on time.

Techniques for Prioritization:

  1. MoSCoW: Categorize items as "Must-haves" (essential), "Should-haves" (important but can wait), "Could-haves" (desirable but not critical), and "Won't-haves" (not included in the current scope).
  2. Relative Prioritization: Compare items against each other and indicate their relative importance or order. You can use simple ordering (1st, 2nd, 3rd) or assign numbers like 1, 2, 3, 5 (based on the Fibonacci sequence).
  3. Consider the cost of delay: Evaluate the impact or cost of delaying each item and prioritize accordingly.

The specific prioritization approach may vary depending on the organization, project, and team preferences. It's important to involve stakeholders, product owners, and the development team in the prioritization process to ensure alignment and consensus.

How is a Backlog managed and maintained?

Backlogs are managed and maintained by regularly reviewing and updating them. This involves adding, modifying, or removing items based on changing requirements, customer feedback, and team input. Backlog grooming sessions or refinement meetings are conducted to ensure that the Backlog is well understood, refined, and ready for upcoming iterations.

How do you estimate effort or size of Backlog items?

Effort or size estimation of Backlog items is typically done using techniques such as story points, planning poker, or relative sizing. The team collectively estimates the effort or complexity of each item in comparison to a reference item. This helps in understanding the relative size of Backlog items and assists in planning and forecasting future work.

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