A backlog (to-do-list) is a list of (often prioritized) uncompleted work items (deliverables), or (drivers) that need to be addressed.

Consider making backlogs visible, not only to other members of a group, but also to the wider organization.

Types of backlog include:

  • governance backlog
  • operations backlog
  • sprint backlog
  • product backlog
  • impediments backlog

Implementation:

Each item on a (prioritized) backlog typically contains:

  • a short description or a driver statement
  • a unique reference number (or link) for each work item
  • (the order of work items)
  • dependencies to other work items or projects
  • due date (if necessary)
  • (optional) a measure for value
  • (optional) a measure for investment (often an estimate of time or complexity)

▶ Prioritize Backlogs
▲ Organizing Work