A product backlog is a running list of all the work that needs to be done on a software product. It’s used to prioritize work and serves as the go-to source for sprint planning on Agile projects.
Open-ended feature requests can bog your development team down and make it hard to focus on the things that move your product forward. The Scrum product backlog gives structure to your work so you can complete the most strategic and/or urgent tasks next.
We created a simple product backlog template to make developing and refining the backlog easier so you’ll be ready to dive into your next sprint planning session with a clear picture of your top priorities.
A product backlog outlines all the requirements for a software development project in order of priority and time frame. Anytime new work pops up over the course of product development, it’s added to the backlog in the form of a user story. That way nothing falls through the cracks.
Product development is an ever-evolving process, and a Scrum backlog should keep up with the changes. Having a well-managed product backlog ensures your software projects always have clear priorities with a focused plan of action.
Here’s how to ensure your product backlog sets you up for successful sprint planning:
Now that you know why a backlog is important, let’s talk about the elements that make up a typical backlog.
Each part of a product backlog, such as user stories, features, and bugs, will differ based on the specific development project, so a template works great as a starting point and can be easily customized to fit your project and process.
Ready to create a backlog list for your next software project? Give our product backlog template a try! This free gantt chart template gives you access to the following features to enhance your Agile product backlog planning:
With TeamGantt, you can view your backlog list in a variety of formats so it’s easy for anyone on your team to see what’s on deck and ensure your product backlog stays healthy. Let’s look at some examples of how you can use TeamGantt’s different views to plan and manage your product backlog.
See a big-picture view of everything in your backlog, and schedule features, enhancements, and bug fixes into sprint periods quickly and easily in the gantt chart.
The flexible drag and drop interface makes it easy to move things around on the schedule as needed if (and when) things change. Drag individual tasks into an upcoming sprint period or even entire groups of tasks to quickly reschedule a sprint cycle. Easy as that!
Add dependencies between features or tasks that need to be completed in sequential order so you can prioritize your backlog more easily.
Task colors enable you to apply a visual “language” to your backlog so it’s easy to interpret at a glance. How you color-code tasks is totally up to you! Here are a few ways you can use task colors to categorize your product backlog:
Use comments to keep team members in the loop on updates. You can also attach or link to requirements documents and other important files.
Got more than one software project to oversee? Or maybe your team breaks robust features down into their own backlogs? Open multiple plans in a single gantt chart to ensure everything’s tracking like it should and manage resource availability across all your projects.
List view is ideal for reviewing and refining your product backlog in meetings with stakeholders or team members. Use drag and drop functionality to prioritize work on the fly, and easily add start and end dates to schedule tasks into a future sprint.
Work with your team during grooming sessions to add context and criteria to backlog items via the Edit window. For example, you can assign priority and story points, list acceptance criteria or conditions of satisfaction, upload wireframes, or elaborate on important details or considerations to get each item closer to ready.
Ready to move work from the backlog into your next sprint? Use our Board view (currently in beta) to plan and track each sprint cycle so developers can knock work out in an Agile way.
Scheduling your next sprint is easy! Here’s how it works:
Ready to get started on building out your backlog? We’ve created a free product backlog template for you in TeamGantt so you can jump right in!
Customizing the template is quick and easy, thanks to TeamGantt’s drag and drop simplicity. And since everything’s online, your whole team can collaborate on activities in real time.
Sign up for a free TeamGantt account today, and save time on project setup with this free product backlog template!