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Prioritising Features/ Backlog

How to Prioritise the Backlog

Priority Process (1)

  • Firstly on business value
  • Secondly with the team to include impediments
  • This produces the most important thing to the business
  • Business value over schedule driven decisions

Sequencing Risk Reduction (3, page 48)

  • Sequence first the activities that remove the most risk for the least expense
  • Look at it like buying information 
    • Example if you entered a lottery with a 1 in 1000 chance of winning your ticket would be worth $1
    • If someone told you one of the numbers out of the 10 number draw, that would increase your chances of winning and make the ticket worth $10 
    • It would therefore be worth spending $9 to get that information to increase your chance of success

Exercises for Backlog Prioritisation

Exercise to help prioritise the Product Backlog (2, page 55)

  • Use the liberating structure, Min-Spec
  • Display the Product Backlog in the room
  • Use the question of ‘Which features in our product backlog are needed in order to have a successful product release?’
  • Test the list generated against the question ‘If we delivered all of out must-do PBIs except this one, would we still have a successful product release?’


  1. Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins
  2. Fixing Your Scrum by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller
  3. The Principles of Product Development Flow by Donald G. Reinertsen

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