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January 31, 2009

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Ian Buchanan

Your groupings are all useful. However, there is probably 1 more very important category: what we won't do. Lining up a very long list may set unrealistic expectations with the customer (or customers). As long as they see their item in the backlog, they will expect it. The reality is that many things near the bottom will never be done because there will be new items that keep pouring in at higher priority. Therefore, saying "no" to low priority items is an important (but often overlooked) technique for keeping backlogs manageable.

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