Stage 2

Agile IQ® Level

Backlog Management





The acronym DEEP helps to remember a widely accepted set of criteria, or checklist, to assess the quality of the Product Backlog.


  • Detailed Appropriately. Items on the Product Backlog that will be started in an upcoming Sprint need to be sufficiently well understood that they can be completed and achieve Done. Items that will not be developed for awhile should be described with less detail.
  • Estimated. The Product Backlog is more than a list of all work for a product; it is also a useful planning tool. Because items further down the backlog are not as well understood (yet), the estimates associated with them will be less precise than estimates given items at the top.
  • Emergent. A Product Backlog is not static. It will change over time. As more is learned, user stories on the product backlog will be added, removed, or reprioritized.
  • Prioritised. The Product Backlog should be sorted with the most valuable items at the top and the least valuable at the bottom. By always working in priority order, the Product Owner is able to maximise the value of the product or system being developed.
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