product backlog grooming

Product backlog grooming is an Agile software development process in which the development team revisits a pre-defined product backlog, working with stakeholders to prioritize and break the backlog list into user stories for future use.

Product backlog grooming, also called product backlog refining, is an Agile software development process in which the development team revisits a product backlog that has been pre-defined by the team's facilitator. 

A backlog is a set of tasks that must be finished before code can be released.  During a product backlog grooming session, the development team works with business owners to prioritize a list of work that is backlogged and break the list into user stories for future use.

This was first published in February 2012

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