Building the Perfect Product Backlog

Jamie Lynn Cooke

"Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things." This quote from Peter Drucker identifies why even the most productive agile teams may not always deliver the most successful business solutions. The agile team depends on the product owner to correctly identify the business requirements with the highest values, to clearly describe each feature at the right level of granularity, to provide the necessary supporting documentation, and to continuously adapt the product backlog to meet the emerging needs of the organization. Otherwise, the team could be measuring its velocity toward an ineffective business solution. In this interactive session, you will get proven techniques for breaking down high-level requirements into actionable features, applying value-driven prioritization, handling dependencies between requirements, providing the correct level of supporting documentation, and reassessing the backlog to align with evolving priorities. This powerful toolkit will allow you to refine your existing product backlogs and ensure that your future projects are delivering the solutions with the highest business value from the very first iteration.

About the Presenter

As a senior solutions consultant, business analyst, and project manager, Jamie Lynn Cooke has delivered successful solutions for many organizations across twenty-six industry sectors in Australia, Canada, and the United States. She has worked with every type of user you can imagine—and some that you would not believe—to turn their abstract, unclear, and unrealistic requirements into achievable business solutions. Passionate about productivity, Jamie Lynn spends her spare time researching and trialing methods that help people maximize the effectiveness of their work. She is an award winning author of several books on agile methods, including The Power of the Agile Business Analyst .

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