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Converting items from a Product Backlog to a Sprint Backlog

A product backlog is the overall set of features that have been listed out for the entire scrum cycle, with the Product Owner prioritizing the list of features that they want done in the forthcoming Sprint cycles as part of the product backlog. However, the actual implementation of features happens off the Sprint / Scrum Backlog, which is a document owned by the team, and not by the Product Owner.
The Sprint Backlog can be considered a Sprint’s worth of items from the Product Backlog. The team bases the Sprint Backlog as a set of items that are committed for the current Sprint, and can only use the top priority items of the Product Backlog. Based on these priorities, the team does an estimation of the items, and based on these effort estimates, the team prepares a list of items that they can commit to, and these then go into the Sprint Backlog.
During the course of the Sprint, the team uses the Sprint Backlog to update their progress, in terms of which items are completed, and which are pending along with the effort required to complete the pending items. As the team progresses, more and more items get completed, and you get a more accurate representation of the time required for the remaining items along with data on how accurate the estimates initially prepared by the team are. Getting the accuracy of the effort right is an important of ensuring that the Sprint Backlog will be an accurate representation of the tasks that can be done by the team during the Sprint.

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