Product Backlog Management

Tips for Product Owners to Manage Product Backlogs

Being a Product Owner means you need to take on product development and product backlog management responsibilities. This will help to enhance the value of the overall product and manage things easily.

As a Product Owner, you need to decide what things you need to build first and what you need to build later. Moreover, you also need to pay attention to what you need to build and what not.

That’s why in this post, we’ll cover some essential tips for the Product Owner to manage the product backlog management. So, let’s read about them deeply.

Keep the Product Backlog Controllable

This is the foremost mistake that everyone makes while creating product backlogs. It not only makes the task unmanageable but also creates trouble while developing the product items as well. So, make sure to keep the Product Backlog accountable and manageable. During the CSPO training, you might have learned that the product backlog with more than 650 items is unmanageable. So, being the Product Owner, you need to decide what to choose and what not to choose.

Always Work on One Product Backlog at One Time

Saying no to the client is very difficult. Because you may be afraid of losing the client, but as we said in the first tip, working with too many product backlogs can be challenging and may create trouble. So, to avoid the mess, make sure to work with minimum product backlog at one time.

This not only helps to work more efficiently but is also helpful in adding value to the product as well. Moreover, you can also create a separate backlog for every product. It will help to remember easily which backlog needs to finish first.

Make sure to say no to work with multiple backlogs if you want to serve something valuable to your client. So, if you are delivering something valuable to them with all your concerns, then they will come back to you. Moreover, you can also create the separate like of the single backlog. This will help to make a clear decision and help you to stay the right way.

Don’t Do All the Stuff by Yourself.

The Product Owner is solely responsible for the management of the product backlog. Most of the Product Owners also want to handle all the activities of the product backlog by themselves. But this thing sometimes creates trouble. So, make sure to allow the team to work collaboratively and manage the product backlog.

It will provide you better product outcomes and also help to work more efficiently. However, you need to describe the criteria, functional design, and other stories by yourself as a Product Owner.

Moreover, it would help if you also acted more as the leading Product Owner. Thus, you will have more focus on the vision and stakeholders.

Understand What Is Exactly Your Product Backlog

Many Product Owners do some practices while having the Certified Scrum Product Owner certification course. Everyone adds various items to the product backlog, which results in building the unmanageable list of backlogs. But what you need to do first is create an accurate list of the product backlogs and understand your product backlog.

This will help to add value to every backlog Product Owner. Also, make sure to add the details of the product backlog. Moreover, make sure to check what item is to be rejected and what is selected. This will help in the product backlog management. However, letting everyone manage your product backlog will reduce transparency and lead to lack of clarity.

Continually Reorder the Product Backlog

Continually reordering the product backlog will help in evolving the growth and changes needed during the product backlogs. This will help in changing the product backlog that may change from week after week.

Also, make sure that the product backlog process is up-to-date and order the product backlog for the stakeholders. Besides that, make sure to check that the product backlogs must be completed in a step-by-step process. These tips will help the Product Owner to manage their product backlog and also help in solving the problem successfully and effortlessly.


About the author

Venkatesan Prabu

Wikitechy Founder, Author, International Speaker, and Job Consultant. My role as the CEO of Wikitechy, I help businesses build their next generation digital platforms and help with their product innovation and growth strategy. I'm a frequent speaker at tech conferences and events.