Agile Jargon – Most Common Agile Terms – It Doesn’t Have to Be Confusing

Although Agile has it’s roots in software development, it is becoming the norm for companies that need to evolve in a changing landscape of rapidly moving customer needs.  Here is a poster created by one of our coaches, Zhi Lee, that helps demystify some of the lingo.

Backlog

Ordered list of items to deliver value to our customers.  The word “ordered” was chosen over “prioritised” in the 2011 Scrum Guide revision, as it provides flexibility to the Product Owner to optimize value.

Impediment

Something slowing us down.

Sprint

Timeboxed delivery of value

User Story

A tool for sparking and capturing a conversation about a problem or opportunity.

Review

Show-and-ask for customer feedback

Scrum

Framework for working on complex problems by incrementally delivering bite-sized pieces of value

Kanban

Visual system for managing work and flow of value

Retrospective

A meeting focused on improvements in people, process, and tools.