Backlogs – the good the bad and the ugly, Lynda Girvan, Agile on the Beach 2018

Catch up with Lynda Girvan’s Agile On The Beach 2018 session on Backlogs – the good the bad and the ugly.

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 in 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.

This talk discusses:

• How using goals and outcomes can lead to better backlogs
• How to create value stories
• How to split stories so they still retain value
• Incorporating NFRs into backlogs

Lynda Girvan has over 25 years’ experience in business and systems development 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, or helping board level change projects. Lynda’s particular strength is applying business analysis and agile techniques together to help organisations overcome challenging business problems. Lynda explored this topic as co-author of the BCS book, ‘Agile and Business Analysis’ published in 2017. Lyn is Head of Profession for Business Analysis and Lead Agile Business Analyst at CMC Partnership Limited. She is also an examiner on the BCS BA Diploma and a regular speaker on Business Analysis and Agile topics.

Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall UK. Since 2011 Agile on the Beach has been a two day agile conference, set on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between. The conference explores agile software, products, teams, business and practices. With over 400 attending, the conference hosts 50 seminars and workshops to provide the ultimate agile learning experience, along with ample opportunities for networking at its 3 evening events.

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