3 signs that your product backlog is creating problems. Sign 2

The Real Essence of a Product Backlog ๐ŸŽฏ

You know, sometimes, amidst the chaos and complexity of product development, it’s easy to lose sight of what our tools are meant for. The product backlog is one such tool that, if misunderstood, can easily steer us off course. Let’s dive into the second sign that might indicate your product backlog needs a revamp. ๐Ÿ”„

  1. It’s All About The Product, Not the Process ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ vs. ๐ŸŒŸ

There’s a reason it’s called a product backlog and not a process backlog. It’s not about the ins and outs of how we work or the infrastructure we use. Nope, it’s all about those shining features and capabilities that will make our product stand out. ๐ŸŒ 

What Often Happens: ๐Ÿ˜“

I’ve noticed that it’s common to stumble upon “this is how we work” backlogs or even architectural backlogs. While these are essential in their own right, they shouldn’t hijack the product backlog.

The Ideal Mix: ๐Ÿน

Now, I’m not saying that items like architecture, infrastructure, or other behind-the-scenes tasks don’t belong. They do! But they should form the minority. Imagine your product backlog as a cocktail: the main ingredient should always be those delicious product-specific items, with just a dash of the rest.

A Handy Tip: ๐Ÿ“Œ

Always visualize the product backlog as the feature list of your product. When you add something to it, ask yourself, “Is this enhancing my product’s capabilities?” If the answer’s a resounding ‘Yes!’, it’s good to go.

Remember, like any tool, a product backlog is only as effective as the way we use it. Let’s commit to making it the guidebook to our product’s future, pointing us towards all the fantastic features we’re gearing up to release. Onward and upward! ๐Ÿš€

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