Scrum: Product Backlog

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This course explores the Scrum product backlog, including its purpose, and how it is used by a Scrum. You will examine the difference between product outcome and output, how to recognize and measure value, and several ordering techniques. The 13-video course examines product backlog, a prioritized feature list with descriptions of all functionalities needed in a product, and how it replaces the traditional business requirement document. Learners will observe how a product backlog is derived, and how it is used by the Scrum team. You will learn to compare product outcome and the output, describe the inherent value of the product backlog, and how to maximize this value. Next, you will examine the meaning of business value, techniques for measuring value, and the relationship between perceived value and the stakeholders. You will examine common techniques for product backlog ordering, such as the Carnot attribute, MoSCoW method (must-haves, should-haves, could-haves, and will not have), and Pareto principle. Finally, you will examine collaborative ordering techniques, such as bubble sort and customer games.

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Scrum: Product Backlog

  • discover the key concepts covered in this course
  • describe the purpose of the Product Backlog, how it is derived from the product vision, and how the Scrum team uses it
  • differentiate between product outcome and output and describe what is more important for Scrum
  • describe the inherent value of the Product Backlog and how to maximize this value
  • describe the Scrum meaning of business value and define guidelines for delivering value
  • define techniques for measuring value such as bubble sort, planning poker, break even analysis, cost of delay, ROI, and NPV
  • identify how value is perceived by various stakeholders and methods for defining a collectively agreed on meaning of value
  • differentiate between Product Backlog prioritization and ordering and describe why ordering is preferred
  • identify why it is important to order or prioritize the Product Backlog and commonly used ordering techniques
  • describe and compare the Kano Attributes and MoSCow ordering techniques
  • describe the Pareto principle and how it can be applied to ordering the Product Backlog
  • describe collaborative ordering techniques, when and how they can be used to reach a consensus on ordering the Product Backlog, and prioritization considerations
  • summarize the key concepts covered in this course
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