Backlogs – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Lyn Girvan – BA Conference Europe 2019

Backlogs – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Lynda Girvan, HoP for BA and Agile Coach, CMC Partnership Consultancy

This Conference Session was presented at our Business Analysis Conference Europe 2019.
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Backlogs have become the ‘go to’ technique for managing and driving the work of agile teams. Yet, despite being critical to success, there is surprisingly little advice on how to create a good backlog – or how to avoid a bad one. Unfortunately, it is deceptively easy to create a bad backlog, and bad backlogs can do a huge amount of harm to the success of projects.

In this talk Lynda discusses:

Why the backlog is such a critical artifact
How to recognise a good (or bad) product backlog
How to create effective backlog items
How using goals and outcomes can lead to better backlogs
How a backlog should evolve over time
Rewriting, refining and re-prioritising a backlog

Lynda Girvan has over 25 years experience in business and systems development and transformational change as a consultant, professional trainer and practitioner in both public and private sectors. Lynda has extensive experience of adding value to organisations at a variety of levels including coaching agile development teams through to helping board level change programmes. Lynda’s particular strength is applying her knowledge of change, business analysis and agile to help organisations overcome challenging business problems, such as agile transformation and organizational agility.

Lyn is Head of Business Analysis at CMC Partnership Consultancy Ltd, an Agile Coach, a Fellow of the BCS, Chartered Institute for IT and a Prosci® Change Practitioner. Lyn is an experienced speaker who has provided numerous talks and key notes at European and International conferences over many years. Lyn is co-author of the BCS books, ‘Agile and Business Analysis’ and ‘Developing Information Systems’.

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