Product backlog

Product backlog contains the wish list of features that may or may not incorporated into the product. As soon as the product owner comes across a potential feature for the product he makes an entry into the product backlog.

Sample product backlog for an education site

  • Instructors should be able to create their training programs (both paid and free)
  • Instructors should be able to attach video lessons
  • Participants should be able to register for courses
  • Participants should be able to interact with the instructor online
  • There must be online tests with scores
  • Instructors must be able to track the progress and performance of the participants
  • Participants should be able to make payments online
  • Administrator should be able to block instructors and participants
  • Instructor should be able to block participants
  • Participants should be able to rank the courses
  • Participants should be able to rank the instructors
  • Once the participants meet the success criteria, certificate must be processed and sent to them

The product backlog is allowed to grow endlessly

When the product backlog stops growing, that indicates the end of life of the product.

Before the product backlog items are scheduled into sprints (iterations), they are;

  • Checked for technical feasibility
  • Checked for financial / cost-benefit feasibility
  • Expanded into user stories