Agile Project Management Artifacts - dummies

By Mark C. Layton

Part of Agile Project Management For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Project progress needs to be transparent and measurable. Agile project teams often use six main artifacts, or deliverables, to develop products and track progress, as listed here:

  • Product vision statement: An elevator pitch, or a quick summary, to communicate how your product supports the company’s or organization’s strategies. The vision statement must articulate the goals for the product.

  • Product roadmap: The product roadmap is a high-level view of the product requirements needed to achieve the product vision. It also enables a project team to outline a general timeframe for when you will develop and release those requirements. The product roadmap is a first cut and high-level view of the product backlog.

  • Product backlog: The full list of what is in the scope for your project, ordered by priority. After you have your first requirement, you have a product backlog.

  • Release plan: A high-level timetable for the release of working software.

  • Sprint backlog: The goal, user stories, and tasks associated with the current sprint.

  • Increment: The working product functionality, demonstrated to stakeholders at the end of the sprint, which is potentially shippable to the customer.