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Is there an actual Sprint Backlog as opposed to a Product Backlog or Backlog

Kyrry Kyriacou Aug 31, 2016

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Sprint Backlog

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Tarun Sapra Community Leader Aug 31, 2016

Both the terms "Sprint Backlog" and "Product Backlog" can be used interchangeably because generally teams follow Scrum methodology for product development and in Scrum you have work based on Sprints thus the Sprint Backlog is can also be called Product Backlog but vice-versa is not always true. As Product Backlog can be for next 3 months but only few features from that backlog will make it into the Current Sprint and some other top requested features of the product backlog which are highest in priority can be called Sprint Backlog as they will be worked upon in next Sprint. 

In JIRA there is just "Backlog" term and as I have explained above the Backlog items are used as Product backlog / Sprint Backlog.

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Tom Proctor Aug 31, 2016

Agree with Tarun, but let's take it a bit further...

Assuming you have groomed the "Backlog" view in JIRA and assigned 10 issues to the current sprint. Now as you look at the Sprint view of the board, some issues are being worked on some are waiting to be worked on (i.e. To Do). I assume you are referring to those issues not yet being worked on as "Sprint Backlog". So... for most of us, the Sprint Backlog is the 1st column of the sprint board where we see issues that are part of the Sprint but not yet started. Hope this helps, ask some more questions if you need further help.

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Kyrry Kyriacou Aug 31, 2016

Thanks guys for your response.

And you are right  in terms of the To Do column. That can be renamed as 'Sprint backlog'. However it would be useful if you could have a distinct backlog that is the 'Sprint backlog'. I say this as you can have items in a Sprint backlog that could cover 1,2,3 or 4 sprints.

But I think a renaming of that column is the best bet.



Tom Proctor Aug 31, 2016

"you can have items in a Sprint backlog that could cover 1,2,3 or 4 sprints."

Well, according to theory (which by the way never keeps me from doing what works) you should not have stories/issues that go across sprints. (EPICs - yes, of course) If you have a lot of that happening, you might want to consider breaking things into smaller work items and/or consider that you are over committing the amount of work that can be done in a Sprint.

You might also consider adding swim lanes to sort things out. For example we have one for EPICs for the very reason that they tend to cross multiple sprints. We normally don't want to see them on a day-to-day basis so using a swim lane allows us to contract them.

Just thinking...

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