Backlog Refinement Practitioner: Successful Agile Requirements
Delivering high-value products requires teams to collaboratively discover the right product to deliver at the right time. Yet, teams struggle with this journey, wrestling with bloated backlogs, ineffective or inconsistent planning, and unpredictable Sprint flow .
Trainer Ellen Gottesdiener
Delivering high-value products requires teams to collaboratively discover the right product to deliver at the right time. Yet, teams struggle with this journey, wrestling with bloated backlogs, ineffective or inconsistent planning, and unpredictable Sprint flow. In the Backlog Refinement Practitioner training, you learn how to improve team velocity through precise and transparent development of “ready” backlog items. You define and refine backlog items across the 7 Product Dimensions, prioritize user stories, and prepare for value-based planning. By using the product’s vision to drive Structured Conversations, you optimize the value in the product backlog, exemplifying the core of Lean and Agile practices.
Through interactive discussions, examples, and dynamic exercises, you learn to:
Focus on value
· Align value with the product vision
· Use value as the foundation for backlog definition and refinement
· Make transparent, value-based product decisions
· Engineer strong collaboration among customers, business, and technology stakeholders in backlog definition and refinement
· Engage the right people at the right time
Build and refine backlog items
· Explore, evaluate, and confirm product options with Structured Conversations
· Comprehensively refine backlog items across the 7 Product Dimensions
· Utilize models to enrich and accelerate backlog analysis
· Confirm user stories with clear, unambiguous acceptance criteria
· Prepare backlog items for efficient release and sprint planning
· Slice user stories to be “ready” to get “done”
Learning these skills enables you to serve as a Backlog Refinement Practitioner, prepared to help your stakeholders collaborate as product partners, increase predictability in planning, improve smooth flow throughout sprints, and validate delivery of product value.
This two-day course is valuable for Product Owners, Product Managers, Product Analysts, Scrum Masters, User eXperience experts, Agile Business and Requirements Analysts, Developers and Testers, Agile Coaches, Technical Leaders and anyone on the development team who participates in or leads backlog refinement and planning.
It is recommended that participants have completed a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), EBG’s Agile Requirements or Essential Product Owner training, or a similar Agile or Scrum training course.
Ellen Gottesdiener is an internationally recognized leader in the collaborative convergence of agile requirements + product management + project management. Ellen coaches and trains individuals and teams, and facilitates discovery and planning workshops across diverse industries. She helps global clients excel with agile requirements and business analysis, product and project management practices, and collaborative workshops for product discovery, planning and roadmapping, team chartering, and retrospectives.
She writes widely, and she keynotes and presents worldwide. Her latest book, co-authored with Mary Gorman, is Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis. Ellen is author of two other acclaimed books: Requirements by Collaboration and The Software Requirements Memory Jogger.