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  • What's the different between Product Backlog Item and User Stories?  How come User Stories do not show up in TFS scrum board?

    Tuesday, November 26, 2013 7:36 PM

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  • Hi,

    Product backlog is the work needs to be done to complete the product/project. In theory you can consider User stories, bugs, or even a change request as a product backlog item.

    When it comes to TFS the product backlog item definition depend on the template you use. For agile template only user stories are considered as product backlog items (I used to customize the template to have the bug work item as well in backlog since I prefer that way + agile template over scrum template).

    In Scrum template PBI and bug both appear in product backlog as default.In CMMI template backlog contains only requirements as default.

    In TFS 2013 Features(Epics) are also introduced as backlog items. To understand all about these and usage have a look at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/dn306083.aspx

    You can get more details from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd286619.aspx

    ope this helps.

    Cheers!

    Chaminda


    • Edited by chamindacMVP Tuesday, November 26, 2013 8:56 PM
    • Marked as answer by Cece Dong Monday, December 2, 2013 1:31 AM
    Tuesday, November 26, 2013 8:55 PM
  • As Chaminda says a Product backlog Item is an overarching term for items on the backlog. Scrum doesn't define how you should define your work, though User Stories are most common, Scrum doesn't prescribe you should use these. It is highly recommended though...

    You can do scrum with User Stories, Use Cases, Or with novella's or fairy tales any other way you would use to describe what it is that needs to be built. As long as you're able to break these down into smaller pieces that can be picked up in a sprint.



    My blog: blog.jessehouwing.nl

    • Marked as answer by Cece Dong Monday, December 2, 2013 1:30 AM
    Wednesday, November 27, 2013 7:32 AM

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  • Hi,

    Product backlog is the work needs to be done to complete the product/project. In theory you can consider User stories, bugs, or even a change request as a product backlog item.

    When it comes to TFS the product backlog item definition depend on the template you use. For agile template only user stories are considered as product backlog items (I used to customize the template to have the bug work item as well in backlog since I prefer that way + agile template over scrum template).

    In Scrum template PBI and bug both appear in product backlog as default.In CMMI template backlog contains only requirements as default.

    In TFS 2013 Features(Epics) are also introduced as backlog items. To understand all about these and usage have a look at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/dn306083.aspx

    You can get more details from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd286619.aspx

    ope this helps.

    Cheers!

    Chaminda


    • Edited by chamindacMVP Tuesday, November 26, 2013 8:56 PM
    • Marked as answer by Cece Dong Monday, December 2, 2013 1:31 AM
    Tuesday, November 26, 2013 8:55 PM
  • As Chaminda says a Product backlog Item is an overarching term for items on the backlog. Scrum doesn't define how you should define your work, though User Stories are most common, Scrum doesn't prescribe you should use these. It is highly recommended though...

    You can do scrum with User Stories, Use Cases, Or with novella's or fairy tales any other way you would use to describe what it is that needs to be built. As long as you're able to break these down into smaller pieces that can be picked up in a sprint.



    My blog: blog.jessehouwing.nl

    • Marked as answer by Cece Dong Monday, December 2, 2013 1:30 AM
    Wednesday, November 27, 2013 7:32 AM