In order to stay competitive, product development organizations must deliver more valuable products to the market faster.
The failure of some organizations to get the right product fast enough has sparked (a much needed and long lasting) debate to find a « perfect » innovation process that could develop any product faster and better than anyone else. New project management methods such as the lean startup, SCRUM, lean product development and so fourth make fairly similar promises to fix very difficult challenges.
The truth is rather that there is no quick fix to deliver great products in such a short time. Instead, successful companies use pragmatic approaches where the solution varies greatly depending on their specific context. One trend places the backlog in the center. It has been proven that, if properly adapted to the context, lean backlog management together with actionable metrics can make a major impact on project success.
The presentation Lean Projects start with Lean Backlog will have three parts:
a summary of some theory behind a great backlog, a walkthrough of two cases from very different organizations with similar lessons learned and finally our suggestions on how to get started with lean backlog management and actionable metrics.