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More details about the Sprint Backlog (an important part of Scrum)

The Sprint Backlog is an important part of the documents / artifacts utilized in Scrum. What does the Sprint Backlog do ? The Sprint Backlog contains a list of User Stories that have been selected for implementation in a specific Sprint. However, it is not just a simple collection, but a list that mentions the user stories in prioritized order of implementation. However, this ranking is not so simple as just a user desired priority list, but also incorporates any dependencies of stories. So, for example, even though a story might be more important, it is essential that a later story needs to be done earlier since it forms the basic implementation. Such factors need to be implemented through the Sprint Backlog.
How does the team work through a Sprint Backlog ? Well, ideally a team should all be working on the most important story of a Sprint Backlog, but it can happen that the resources available with the team are more than required to work on only one User Story, so then the team members pick up stories that are next in line and start working on them. Going ahead like this, it can happen that not all the stories in the Sprint Backlog can get completed, but atleast the most important stories will get done, and it will be the stories that are of a lower priority that will be pending.
There are conflicting opinions on whether the tool used for Sprint Backlog should be simple or complicated (with the logic being that using a complicated / complex tool could result in the users spending time on learning the tool rather than making their Scrum usage more efficient). One example of a simpler template used for Sprint Backlog is at this link on the site agilesoftwaredevelopment.com (link). If you want to learn more about using this tool, there is a video on Youtube (link)

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