Lynda Girvan

CMC Partnership Consultancy Ltd

Product Management (F) 2018
Product Management (F)
Friday 14:00 - 14:45

Session type: Lecture
Session level: Suitable for all

Backlogs – the good the bad and the ugly

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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 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 has over 25 years’ experience in business and systems development and transformational change, working 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, from coaching agile development teams through to advising on 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 organisational agility.

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


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