The backlog filter is a tool used to surface high risk work items. This canvas looks at work through the lens of complexity by focusing on the teams' knowledge. Understanding which work items need attention allows managers to intervene.
In most cases, this will lead to identifying and prioritizing the most unknown work higher in the backlog. Doing this will de-risk the backlog and improve predictability for the team. As with all remote:af patterns, the backlog filter is designed to be effective regardless of context and can be used across many types of teams.
The remote:af backlog filter has been made available to the public for use. All copyright in the canvas is owned by Remote Agility Framework Pty Ltd and used under license.
Based on the work of Kim Ballestrin and Dr Saeed Shalbafan
Common signals for using the remote:af backlog filter are;
Filter the backlog:
Explore the work backlog with the team
Individually and silently map work items in the team backlog to the matrix according to:
Explore any disagreements, if consensus can’t be reached err on the side of caution
Check out these great links which can help you dive a little deeper into running the backlog filter practice with your team, customers or stakeholders.