Agile Team Backlogs. This week, Ryn helps answer questions about the backlog and more specifically the team backlog as part of the Agile, SAFe, and/or Scrum work process. This is a topic we have not discussed before on the podcast. The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg can be heard here, on iTunes or on Soundcloud.
Backlogs are not what anyone would traditionally think about work all jammed up waiting to be be done. Instead, a backlog in this context is a list of features or technical tasks which the team maintains and which, at a given moment, are known to be necessary and sufficient to complete a project or a release.
There are different types of backlogs for scrum, safe and agile. These are not simply tasks. A project plan is list things to do. The backlog are the things we want to spend money on and get accomplished. Or as Ryn advises, “it’s the work we need to do.”