Roadmaps and backlogs

Fundaments of backlog

Backlog consists from a list of increments designated to improve product or service. Depending on the project, these features can be either detailed specifications or more generic user stories. User stories are short summaries of the functionality from a particular user’s perspective. In addition to user stories, it is typical to use ticket types bringing hierarchy to the dev process, such as:

  1. Epic – high level description of the feature, e.g “New invoice view”
  2. User story – description of the functionality e.g “add invoice date” or “add payment type”
  3. Bug – if bug occurs e.g during regression testing, separate ticket type is used for bugs
  4. Defect – If preferring to separate bugs occuring in the production from the bugs identified during testing, additional ticket type can be utilized
  5. Sub ticket – in some projects it is preferred to use sub tickets, e.g when when implementing feature that can be divided to several working phases in a way where sub tickets are beneficial for the process

With a proper software project management tool, its relatively easy to organize tickets in manageable form. Backlog contains tickets that will be eventually implemented by the dev team.

From a product vision to the product backlog

Product roadmap is used to communicate for internal and external stakeholders what will be the set of features where product development will be dedicated in the nearby future. Depending on the nature of the business and dev project, time scale can vary from weeks to year or two. In some businesses it can take several months to ship in big features, while newer software’s with less legacy often follows “release early, release often” principle, where increments are shipped into production rapidly and feedback loop is used as part of testing rather than just collecting feedback.

Organizing product roadmap as part of product development

Organizing product development tends cause challenges for the software companies due to complex elements. Common challenges are usually related into adjusting stakeholder expectations, identifying most valuable increments and organizing internal processes around product development efficiently.

Scenario above contains typical elements related to the software product development process. Stakeholders are giving their input and expectations, product owner is responsible of arranging feedback loop, sort out most valuable increments and eventually implement those in collaboration with the development team. have plenty of knowledge in adjusting product roadmap and backlog and we are happy to help you, in case if you are looking to set up or re-organize your product steering model.



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