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Project Management Terms and Definitions

Product Roadmap Plan of the product which describe how product is going to meet the business objectives. The direction of the product and work to be completed to catering business objectives will be further showcased.

Product Backlog Items need to be done within the project which comprise product features, bugs, technical work, tasks and knowledge acquisition.

Sprint Backlog

The output of the sprint planning and decided items to absorbed for the next sprint.

Epic/ Spike

Epic is the bigger version of the requirement which further can be divided to smaller parts (Eg: User stories). Epic cannot be directly absorbed to the sprint.

User Story

Item which can be absorbed to the sprint under particular Epic. Template is given specifying required information, so that the development team can understand the exact requirement.


Product Backlog Item

Story Point

A story point is an abstract(relative estimation) measure of effort required to implement a user story. In simple terms, it is a number that tells the team about the difficulty level of the story. Difficulty could be related to complexities, risks, and efforts involved.


Item prioritization technique (M-Must, S-Should, C-Could and W-Won't).

Team Velocity

Velocity is a measure of the amount of work a team can tackle during a single Sprint. Velocity is calculated at the end of the Sprint by totaling the Points for all fully completed User Stories.

Definition of Done (DoD)

Each user story has its own Acceptance Criteria (AC), but this definition of done states the minimum requirements for all stories.

Eg: - A story to be considered as done, It need to be tested in a pre-production environment and need to get the sign off from Product Owner.

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