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Product backlog is one of the key concepts of agile software development. It is an organized, prioritized collection of users stories. An agile team can pull/select stories from the backlog and work on them in the next iteration/sprint.

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When epics are used, should all user stories belong to an epic?

If we use both, epics and user stories, should all user stories be linked to an epic, or could some stories stand independently on their own? It's more or less a question of formality in order to keep ...
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Common details in the acceptance criteria of related user stories

I'd like to state first that I'm still learning about scrum, so my apologies if my question seemed naïve. Lets say we have an E-learning portal, and I have the following user story: "As a ...
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Should non-priority technical debt tickets be pruned from backlog?

I regularly review the technical debt tickets from my backlog, to prioritize them and remove those which are no longer relevant (fixed by some other development, obsolete...) Among those with high ...
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User stories with multiple users/roles

I thought this would be a more common problem, but I'm having trouble finding anything that provides a solution for me. I currently have a user story that has 2 users/roles. I am wondering if there ...
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In scrum, if tasks are estimated in hours, how to avoid assigning the task in sprint planning?

I've been reading up a lot on the subject, and from what I can gather the following statements 'should' be true in scrum: 1) Estimate user stories in story points at the product backlog level. This ...
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Is there a recommended format for writing a technical debt story?

Our team is starting to refine a set of stories that cover components and UI as part of an upgrade to a newer version of Angular. These components will then be used to recreate screens in an existing ...
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Does the Product Backlog just consists out of User Stories in Agile Development? [closed]

As far as we know, the User Stories are the way a requirement is defined in bounded context with acceptance criteria. On the other hand, the Product Backlog enlists all requirements, i.e., new feature,...
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Sprint planning: who decides which items of the Product backlog to be included into the Sprint backlog?

I am confused about the two following statements and how do they both influence on which items be included into the Sprint backlog: The Sprint Goal and Sprint plan is produced by the collaborative ...
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Product Backlog vs. huge features

I am designing and documenting a product with agile process. When I write user stories to add them to the product backlog, I found myself in a complex and huge features. Should I write these features ...
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How to manage backlog preparation during current sprint

In my team, the Business Analysis is also a scrum team member. He will prepare all user stories to the Product backlog, but his tasks also should be managed with timeline/estimation. Should we put ...
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Correct way to break feature into user stories

I've been questioning the size of the user stories that i'm currently working on. The feature that i am implementing is a Datepicker component. The business value of the component is to allow users to ...
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Tracking and prioritizing PBI when is split by platform

Suppose you have a PBI or User Story which can be split by platform like: "As user I want to read my feed so I can be updated with news" But that User Story is for iOS, Android and Web, so we use to ...
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How track backlog items origin using scrum?

I would like to track, for each backlog item, which event originated it. For instance: "Original briefing", "Meeting Jan", "Meeting Feb" ... Using scrum, what is the correct way to track the origin ...
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How to manage library(ies) used by multiple projects?

My company has several products on the market, developed in multiple offices in Europe and the US, which use the same common library. This common library wraps up a lot of industry-specific details, ...
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Are accomplished requirements still part of the Product Backlog?

The offical Scrum Guide states that The Product Backlog is an ordered list of everything that might be needed in the product and is the single source of requirements for any changes to be made to ...
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Agile User Stories for Deep Thought Machine

If You've seen Hitchiker's guide to the Galaxy, you know that Deep Thought (pictured below) is a machine that was built to compute the meaning of life: Let's imagine that we were tasked with building ...
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first time scrum master - need to create product backlog and set up work

I am certified scrum master but never practiced until tomorrow when I have been appointed as a SCRUM Master to a pilot initiative in the company to implement SCRUM in a team of non-software and non ...
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How does the result of Product Backlog revision during Sprint Review influence the next Sprint's Backlog?

On scrumguides.org, the following is said about the result of a Sprint Review: The result of the Sprint Review is a revised Product Backlog that defines the probable Product Backlog items for the ...
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Who should be allowed to add stories to the product backlog?

What is the best practice for that prevents the backlog from becoming a mess, but also maintaining developer productivity Who should we allow to add stories to the product backlog? And how do you ...
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Is hierarchical product backlog a good idea in TFS 2012-2013?

I'd like to validate I'm not in the wrong way. My team project is using Visual Studio Scrum 2.x. Since each area/product has a lot of kind of requirements (security, user interface, HTTP/REST ...
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In scrum, how do you give an estimate for a backlog item that is primarily research?

A few sprints ago I was assigned a task that was primarily research. I had to figure out how to get our product to interoperate with a very complex black box that we did not develop. I couldn't ...
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Product backlog- when do task hours get estimated?

I am wondering if when developing a product backlog do tasks have hours estimated for them. To confirm, i can talking about a product backlog here not a sprint backlog as I know it does have.
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Can Scrum use technical specifications in the Product Backlog rather than user stories?

At the company I am currently working for we started to do Scrum projects. It was not so hard to convince the managers to move from waterfall to Scrum. We're doing a project where we rebuild our ...
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What should a proper Ready for Sprint definition contain?

Teams in our company deal with Product Owners who are in such a position that they cannot spend as much time with us, as we would like, to do proper Backlog Grooming. Thus in order to alleviate some ...
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A backlog of "bite-size" tasks in parallel to the "main" feature backlog?

After over two years of working in a highly siloed, "lone-wolf" development department structure, we're adopting Agile SCRUM. Great. I like Agile; as a dev it keeps you focused, busy, and productive ...
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In Scrum, should you split up the backlog in a functional backlog and a technical backlog or not?

In our Scrum teams we use a backlog, which mostly contains functional topics, but also sometimes contains technical topics. The advantage of having 1 backlog is that it becomes easy to choose the ...
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Confused about modifying the sprint backlog during a sprint

I've been reading a lot about scrum lately, and I've found what seem to me to be conflicting information about whether or not it's ok to change the sprint backlog during a sprint. The Wikipedia ...
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Multi-project multi-team Scrum

2 teams (A and B) in different geo locations are developing Project P. Both of the teams are also developing few other smaller projects: A has projects PA1 and PA2. B has PB1 and PB2. P is the only ...
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Do you keep DONE stories in the physical product backlog?

We have our Product Backlog as a physical Kanban board with TODO & DONE column. Some of the stories are moving from the TODO column to the Sprint backlog during our planning, and then during the ...
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Scrum tool for Product Backlog management [closed]

My team and I are very keen on doing Scrum "manual"-style (with paper and scissors). Though, we are struggling to find a tool to manage our backlog. The main requirements are: To be able to print ...
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What electronic user-story-mapping tools can you recommend? [closed]

Agile software development relies heavily on a work item type called user stories. For example, you have a backlog full of user stories and you can select a few of them to work on during the next ...
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PBI vs User Story

Recently an item has been added to the Product Backlog by product owner which says "When I go to login page from x page, I see an error. I want that error to be removed". It seems to me that this is ...
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