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Scrum Product Backlog Prioritisation

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Prioritizing the Product Backlog

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This article provides an ‘Introduction to Prioritizing the Product Backlog’ and looks to discuss what the Product Backlog is. It provides an overview of who is involved in the process of Prioritizing the Product Backlog.

Prioritizing the Product Backlog: Dependencies

The fourth and final aspect of features to consider when placing them in the product backlog is dependency. Dependency is whether or not a feature is necessary to the development of other features, or how many features it is directly connected to.

In your current traditional framework, there have been times when you’ve thought that you’re almost done with developing a large, complex feature, but then realized that its ability to work depended on a smaller, seemingly less significant feature.

Suddenly, development on the complex feature had to be put on hold while your team scrambled to complete the smaller feature so that the complex feature could work. This delay in development is avoided by using the product backlog to make sure that smaller, less important features, that have higher-priority items that are dependent on it aren’t overlooked.

You can also help track these dependencies with a network diagram. That way, you can see where all of your dependencies are and keep track of which features are completed. Developing these integral features closer to the beginning of the project will reduce interruptions to your team’s work later, and ultimately make more complex, high priority features easier to complete.

Planning and prioritization are the keys to unlocking maximum value.

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