Agile & Development: DEEP Backlog

Definition: Obtaining a DEEP Backlog is one of the suggested objectives of a product backlog grooming session. DEEP is an acronym used to indicate a few key traits of an effective product backlog.

Here is what each letter in this acronym stands for:

  • Detailed Appropriately: items in the backlog contain enough contextual information to be understood and discussed.
  • Emergent: it is easy to add new stories and items as new information arises.
  • Estimated: the amount of effort involved with each item is roughly estimated with a standardized measure.
  • Prioritized: items on the backlog are ranked based on their value and the strategic purpose(s) they serve.