KonMari Your Backlog: Tidying up those PBIs

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Arlington Tech Exchange (ATX) | Excella Consulting | 2300 Wilson Blvd, Ste 600, Arlington, VA 20001


  • Members of the IIBA DC Metro Chapter
  • For employees of our Chapter Sponsors: Excella Consulting, North Highland, and Promontory Interfinancial Network
  • Free registration for GWU students

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 KonMari Your Backlog: Tidying up those PBIs


Have you tidied up your personal life with Marie Kondo and are now wondering how to achieve the same affect in your work life? Do you have the feeling that the most valuable product backlog items (PBIs) are getting lost under a mountain of old stories, bugs, and tasks? Maybe you know a change is needed, but feel completely overwhelmed about where to start? If so, join us to learn how to make your product better through the life changing magic of tidying up your backlog.

We will 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, we will cover how we adapted the KonMari method and will present five easy steps you can take to get started in your tidying process. Finally, we will share real-life examples along the way, calling out potential pitfalls to avoid (do not become a storage expert!), and illustrate how story mapping may be the magical backlog equivalent to Kondo’s “vertical folding” technique. By the end of the session, you will 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.

    About our Speakers:  

    Jenn Forrest

    Jennifer Forrest is a Project Lead, Agile Business Analyst, and Scrum Master at Excella Consulting. She has worn many hats throughout her career, including Senior Business Analyst, Team Lead, Project Control Officer, Quality Auditor, and Project Manager. She currently leads a team in modernizing data analytics, introducing agile, and implementing a new web public engagement platform. Find her on twitter @jenoftheforrest

     Julie Wyman

    Julie Wyman is an Agile Coach with Excella. She is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and IC-Agile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) with over ten years of experience in areas including Agile software delivery, traditional project management, and client training. Julie has coached multiple globally distributed teams to deliver, while leveraging Scrum, Kanban, and other Agile frameworks, to drive continuous improvement.  She has coached development and business teams in commercial, federal, and non-profit environments, at places such as Thomson Reuters, Caterpillar, Appian, and DHS.


    6:00 - 6:30 pm   Dinner / Networking

    6:30 - 7:30 pm   Presentation

    7:30 - 8:00 pm   Q&A / Networking


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