1. Review product requirements and specifications:
This step involves going over the product requirements and specifications that have been laid out for the project. This includes any design documents, user stories, wireframes, or other relevant artefacts that are related to the project. At this point, the team should review the existing documents to ensure that all of the details are correct and up to date.
2. Verify that the backlog is accurately reflecting those requirements:
The team should then review the product backlog to ensure that it is properly updated with all of the required items from the product specifications. It is important to confirm that each item in the backlog accurately reflects what was indicated in the initial product requirements and a specifications document.
3. Assess the feasibility of each item in the backlog:
Once this has been done, it’s time to assess if each item in the backlog is feasible or not. At this point, you will want to consider factors such as budgets, resources, timelines, and dependencies when making your assessment on whether or not a particular item should be included in the product build.
4. Create user stories for each requirement, ensuring they are actionable and measurable:
Once you have verified that all of the items in the backlog are feasible, it’s time to create user stories for each item. User stories should be broken down into smaller chunks so that they are easier to manage, and should also be clearly outlined with a vision of how they need to be completed. This is important to ensure that all tasks related to a particular user story can easily be tracked and measured.
5. Estimate the effort required to complete each user story:
The next step is to estimate the amount of effort required for each individual user story. This includes putting together estimates for how much time and resources are required for each task that needs to be completed. The team should also consider any potential risks or dependencies associated with the tasks that need to be included.
6. Validate that all user stories are appropriately prioritized:
Once the estimates have been made, it’s time to validate that each user story is properly prioritized according to the product requirements and specifications. This will help ensure that the most important items are being worked on first, while those of less priority can either be pushed back or delegated out to other team members.
7. Identify potential risks and dependencies associated with each user story:
At this point, you will want to identify any potential risks or dependencies associated with each user story. This includes anything from external dependencies such as third-party services or APIs, to internal dependencies such as code refactoring that needs to be done before the story can be completed.
8. Resolve any blocking issues or dependencies before proceeding:
Before you start working on any of the user stories, it is important to ensure that any potential blocking issues or dependencies have been resolved. This may involve reaching out to other teams for assistance, performing some research into existing solutions, or simply waiting for the right time to proceed with a particular task.
9. Allocate resources to each user story based on estimated effort:
Once all of the items in the backlog have been reviewed and assessed, it’s time to allocate resources to each user story. This should be based on the estimated effort associated with each task and the availability of resources. It’s also important to consider any potential risks or dependencies when allocating resources, as this will help ensure that tasks are completed in a timely manner.
10. Finalize the timeline for the project and communicate it to all stakeholders:
Once the resources have been allocated, it’s time to finalize the timeline for the project and communicate it to all stakeholders. This should include both short-term and long-term milestones, as well as any potential risks or dependencies that have been identified during the course of development. It is also important to ensure that all stakeholders are aware of any changes in scope or timelines that may occur throughout the duration of the project.