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KonMari Your Backlog: Tidying Up Those PBIs

Have you tidied your personal life with Marie Kondo and are wondering how to achieve the same effect at work? Are your most valuable product backlog items lost under a mountain of old stories? Watch to learn how to make your product better through the life-changing magic of tidying your backlog.

Excella’s Jennifer Forrest and Julie Wyman start by exploring the costs of a large, cluttered product backlog and share a short quiz you can use to gauge the current state of your own backlog. Next, they’ll cover how they have adapted the KonMari method and introduce five easy steps you can take to get started in your tidying process. They share real-life examples along the way, calling out potential pitfalls to avoid, and illustrating how story mapping may be the magical backlog equivalent to Kondo’s “vertical folding” technique.

By the end of the session, you’ll know the specific next steps to take so that you, too, can realize the many benefits of a tidied-up product backlog: improved visibility, increased self-organization, and easier decision-making.

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