Task Management with Product Backlog

Online to-do management using Backlog

What is backlog?

A backlog simply means your ‘to-do list’ of tasks that has to be completed. sometimes. Also called kanban backlog, scrum backlog, or agile backlog.

A product backlog is a prioritized list of what should be done in order to improve and produce a product. It is essential to have a product backlog for a large set of teams since it offers a thorough, detailed view of product development and keeps the collaborative process transparent for everyone.

Why backlog is important?

Backlog enables your team members to understand what the team is currently doing and what it should be doing in future. This will lead to a more simpler prioritization of tasks and increase project productivity. Also, backlog can help placing adjustments or flexible changes in different stages during the project.

Example Image of Kanban Board (Backlog) Template by Marimba

Product backlog and Sprint backlog

The Sprint Backlog and the Product Backlog are, after all, the same story. The only difference is that the backlog is managed for each sprint. The entire development team will manage the tasks determined through sprint planning.

Step by Step Guide for Creating Backlog

A familiar way to manage backlogs and to-dos is with jira. So, instead of explaining the jira backlog, I will try to explain how to use the backlog using an online whiteboard such as marimba. Managing the backlog with Marimba’s online whiteboard is simple as ABC.

Write all the tasks on sticky notes, make pads for each phase(What to do, in-progress, completed) and update each task using sticky notes when changes occur.
Team Marimba uses same board for both stand-up meeting and backlog. This is because it is possible to grasp the progress of each individual and the tasks and progress of the entire Scrum at a glance.

  1. Write what I did yesterday and what I’m going to do today.
  2. Start video call at scheduled time.
  3. Adjust the backlog based on what the team has completed.
  4. If there’s any issue or things to be discussed with scrum, add them right onto the board to review with the team.

Tips for Using Backlog Template

Team Marimba’s Tips for using Backlog Template

  • Sticky note : Add sticky note from toolbar and distinguish them by color.
  • Structured pad : The structured pad automatically aligns itself, making it easy to move sticky notes with drag and drop, making them perfect for Kanban.
  • Following and Real-time Cursor : Click the profile on the top right and you don’t have to ask where your teammates are reviewing right now. Focus on the meeting by automatically following real-time cursor.
  • Template : Don’t know what to do? Marimba’s pre-made FREE Backlog templates will be great starting point!