Agile Insider
Published in

Agile Insider

All You Need to Know About Backlog Grooming

Image from

Backlog Grooming

  • Clarification on what will be worked on next
  • Ensuring high priority items contain all specifications and requirements needed
  • Creation of new stories reflecting new needs
  • Re-assessing priorities
  • Editing/strengthening existing stories
  • Story estimation determining effort and time
  • Creation of sub-tasks
  • Removal of unnecessary items






An un-groomed backlog can cause frustration amongst the team members

Backlog Grooming Practices That Work

Image from @pexels

1. Size of the backlog

2. Update statuses and leave comments

3. Write clear summaries

4. Write concrete tickets

5. Epics are not labels

6. Challenge estimations with comparable reference stories

7. Estimate ALL issues

8. Plan some sprints ahead

9. “I will create a ticket“

10. Don‘t be afraid to close issues



Exclusive and practical insights that enable the agile community to succeed.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Christina Gkofa

Product addict in the tech industry since 2014 (OLX, Metro Markets, StepStone, trivago). Respect great UX and retention. Cuisine and wine explorer, pug lover