The Agile Product Backlog – Part 4 of 9 (Video)

The Agile Product Backlog

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The Agile Product Backlog

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This article provides an ‘Introduction to the The Agile Product Backlog‘ and looks to discuss what the backlog is and what role it plays within Agile projects.

Preparing the Product Backlog

The product backlog consists of user stories and epics. First, let us discuss how user stories are written in order to prepare the product backlog. A good user story has six attributes which can be remembered with the INVEST acronym. The attributes are:

I is independent;

N is negotiable;

V is valuable to user or customers;

E is estimable;

S is small;

And T is testable.

A user story should include who wants a requirement, what requirement is wanted by the customer, why they want it and the details of the acceptance criteria given by the customer.

A typically used format and syntax used to document user stories is:

As a ‘who’, I want the ‘what’, in order to achieve the ‘why’.

Acceptance criteria provides details based on what is required by the customer. For example we want to write a user story for a person Mike, who is a dog owner that wants to sign-up for a kennel reservation during his holidays in order to have a confirmed spot.

As a dog owner, I want to sign up for a kennel reservation for my holidays so that I can confirm a reservation.

Then , display the acceptance criteria that will discuss the details of the requirements of the customer. The acceptance criteria are:

  • Verify the individual as a registered pet owner;
  • Verify the dates for the reservation
  • Verify the availability of the dates for the reservation
  • Verify that the reservation has been successful

User stories can be written on a card or in an application for online collaboration.

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User Stories Applied

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User Stories Applied by Mike Cohn is one of our favourite books on Agile User Stories. The book starts with an overview into user stories, and details what a user story is and the different aspects of them. He then discusses how to go about writing a user story, and provides details of the INVEST criteria that can be used to determine if the story is meeting all of its objectives. Next Mike gives an in depth discussion of who user stories are written for and where to begin when gathering the details for them. The book then discusses acceptance testing user stories, including how to go about specifying these criteria and the responsibilities of the development team and customers during this process.

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Our Favourite Agile Books

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