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backlog grooming

Collaboration between product managers and engineers

Product vs. Engineering

“I’m working, so why don’t you go do whatever a product manager does” – Cameron, Halt and Catch Fire I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this show on Netflix, and when that zinger was thrown by the hotshot software engineer, I turned to my husband and started cracking up. “Well, what is …

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Defining Ready: A Checklist for Grooming

Grooming user stories and decomposing features is not always easy. The demands to fill a sprint backlog for an agile feature team in a large enterprise are already immense, and tight project deadlines only compound the issue. Outside stakeholders may not understand the effort it takes to prepare a single …

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The Project-changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Backlog

I’m a sucker for organization trends. Earlier this year, I read The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and cleaned my entire house in a matter of weeks under a strange neurotic spell. I threw away years of accumulated papers. I trashed expired cold medicine. I donated 4 …

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Agile User Stories – A Promise for a Conversation

One thing I like most about being a Product Owner is that I get to engage with many different types of people on a day-to-day basis. As a Product Owner who is part of a Scrum team, I especially enjoy building relationships with the rest of my team members. As …

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