“Backlog/Roadmap Hygiene Tips” by John Cutler
I just read “Backlog/Roadmap Hygiene Tips” on from Medium by @JohnCutler. Keeping a backlog healthy is a tough task, but in this article John gives you some good categories to identify and resolve common Backlog items.
1. Soul Sappers
You know, we really should ____________ . It bugs the whole team, and really sucks!
The danger here is that failing to act will take a toll on the team. It’s like a psychic tax. Consider doing the work (very) soon.
It’s a great read and developing this common language within your squad will help you identify and deal with issues faster. For a backlog to stay clean though, it needs to exist within the right culture.
- If you live in fear, then you’ll want to have everything documented. You won’t trust that important, non-urgent things will be re-discovered.
- If you’ve got a micro-manager boss then expect to have tickets of all sizes with nothing to tie them together.
- Ruled by committee? NO true owner? Expect lots of duplicates and alternatives to solving specific problems.
So, check out the article, clean up your backlog, but if you see things come back again and again, look at the cultural causes.