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 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 at CMC Partnership Consultancy Ltd and their Lead Agile BA and coach. Lyn is a regular speaker who has provided key note talks at European conferences on Agile and business analysis.


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