Backlog refinement (formerly known as backlog grooming) is when the product owner and some, or all, of the rest of the team review items on the backlog to ensure the backlog contains the appropriate items, that they are prioritized, and that the items at the top of the backlog are ready for delivery.
What happens in a backlog grooming session?
Backlog grooming is a regular session where backlog items are discussed, reviewed, and prioritized by product managers, product owners, and the rest of the team. The primary goal of backlog grooming is to keep the backlog up-to-date and ensure that backlog items are prepared for upcoming sprints.
How often should backlog grooming occur?
Product backlog grooming often happens two to three days before the end of a sprint. There is almost always someone on the team who is frantically busy two or three days before the end of a sprint.
Do you estimate in backlog grooming?
No, during Backlog Refinement teams estimate their collective effort to complete Product Backlog Items (PBIs) (if they estimate at all), not tasks.
How do I prepare for backlog grooming?
- Break down large user stories into smaller tasks.
- Discuss user stories with the team, answer any related questions to smooth out any ambiguity.
- Ensure upcoming user stories meet the team’s “definition of ready” by adding key contextual information and acceptance criteria.
How do you conduct a grooming session?
Backlog Grooming Techniques
- Develop Epic(s)
- Create Prioritized Product Backlog.
- Conduct Release Planning.
- Create User Stories.
- Approve, Estimate, and Commit User Stories.
- Create Tasks.
- Estimate Tasks.
Is backlog grooming necessary?
It increases efficiency with the team.
Perhaps the most important reason to do backlog grooming is that it helps keep your team moving forward. A groomed backlog means increased productivity. User stories are already well defined, so there’s no need for in-depth discussions that cause delays by external dependencies.
Why is grooming a bad word?
A colleague has been told to avoid the word grooming to refer to the review and refinement of requirements, because of negative connotations. Because pedophiles groom victims, the word is now supposed to be avoided. The colleague wonders how much trust to put in this advice.
What is sprint grooming vs planning?
In order to make the meeting as effective as possible, the top of the backlog — the most important backlog items that should be tackled next — should be well “groomed” or rather “refined” ahead of time. Sprint planning is about learning, considering options and making decisions as a team.