Scrum and Sprint Product Backlog

Anthony Lucia
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Once a Sprint planning meeting has been completed, the PBI's that were accepted by the dev team are placed into the sprint backlog.

So does the Sprint backlog contain only the PBI to be completed in this sprint, or does it contain the tasks that the dev team identified had to be completed during the sprint

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We keep a running record of all product backlog items, which we call "stories." The backlog contains everything from the beginning of time until it is worked, finished and accepted.  We use 2-week sprints, daily scrums by telephone conference (we are in two locations) and track our work with Pivotal Tracker.

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So the Sprint backlog contains the User Stories, and the Task board will contain the tasks ?

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The sprint backlog and the task board, or scrum wall, should essentially be the same thing. A sprint can be made up of stories, tasks, bugs and spikes - all considered PBI's.

During sprint grooming tasks and stories that are moved into the sprint backlog should them be broken down into smaller chunks of work (smaller tasks, or subtasks). Ideally work should be broken down to about a half day of effort.

The goal is transparency so you can only benefit from having all the work items exposed in every view. Most tools allow for a nice way to drill down or roll up work to the appropriate level of detail per view.

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