That's right. One out of three items on your backlog will not help your customers.
Three things are causing this:
There's a checklist below for you to improve your team's backlog and productivity, but first let's look a some examples.
With a "Definition of Ready" checklist, your team will only commit to work that is actionable, nothing else. It works because you have clear agreements about your team standards.
It's like preparing all the ingredients before you start to cook. But for teams.
Plus, the only thing you need to make it work is to look at it every time you pick up new work…
Curious to know how?
Before starting your next Sprint, make your next backlog priorities Ready.
Some teams are really strict about their Definition of Ready. Some are a little more relaxed.
Here are 3 simple steps to implement a "Definition of Done" for your team:
A Definition of Ready example for your team can be:
Need to convince your team to give this a try?
Alright, let's say your team is finishing 40 tasks per week. A productivity improvement of just 10% would mean finishing 160 extra tasks per year.
I have seen teams double in productivity.
Not bad for a checklist.