Using Scrum board to convert features into a plan

Using Scrum Board to convert features into a plan

To develop a new product with Scrum it is important to turn requirements into working functionalities. In fact, the development team has to turn product backlog items into working product features. To be successful, you need to convert the list of product features, contained into the product backlog, into a clear sprint plan. Most Scrum teams use a Scrum board to visually represent the plan. Once the plan is visually displayed it becomes easy to manage.

What is Product Backlog?

The product backlog in Scrum is an ordered list, containing short descriptions of all functionalities desired in the product.

Basically, product backlog is a list of all things that need to be done within the project. It is like the requirements specification document that is used in the traditional waterfall approach.

What is Scrum Board?

A Scrum board is a tool that helps teams to plan the work to be done. The board is constantly updated by the team throughout the sprint, including additions or updates to the tasks. In addition, the board shows all items that need to be completed for the current Sprint.

The process starts by creating sprints and giving story points to user stories in order to plan them. You start creating a Scrum board with a list of items which becomes the backlog. Then, you create different sprints and move each item from backlog to sprints.

In addition, it is important to know that Scrum boards have two mode: plan mode and active sprint mode. You are in the plan mode, when you move items from backlog to sprints after estimating each one of them. Whereas, the active sprint mode is simply a view that allows you to move items across different columns which represent the different statuses of the workflow associated with the board.

Keep in mind

To develop a new product with Scrum it is useful to use Scrum Boards. They allow you to plan your work in great detail. Simultaneously, appling new changes can take time because user stories may need to be estimated again.

Francesco Pecoraro

Francesco has extensive experience as a project, program and portfolio manager, project management officer (PMO), digital transformation and strategic consultant. He is also considered a communication, public speaking and leadership expert.

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