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Agile teams need to produce meaningful estimates that are quick, accurate and reliable without being overly precise or restrictive. Tools such as story points and Planning Poker help teams provide estimates that management can trust when making decisions.
A product backlog is a prioritized list of the functionality that remains to be added to the product. A well groomed backlog ensures that teams are always working on the most valuable features. For details, start with one of these resources.
Scrum Product Backlog
In Scrum, the product owner represents the users or customers of a product or system. Product owners ensure that the right product is being built in the right order. To learn more about the product owner role, select one of these items.
Scrum and agile frameworks rely on self-organizing, cross-functional teams that are empowered to take a small set of features from idea to implemented functionality.
A ScrumMaster is equal parts coach, process owner and protector. The ScrumMaster's job is to do whatever is needed to help the team to perform at its highest level.
Sprints, or iterations, are timeboxed periods where a team plans, builds, delivers, and reviews a set of small, valuable, potentially shippable features. Sprints last no more than one month, creating opportunities for frequent feedback on both the product and the process.
User stories are simple, short descriptions of desired functionality. Their power comes from the conversations they enable, allowing people to shift from writing about requirements to talking about them.