Do you know the 3 steps to a PBI?
  v19.0 Posted at 15/02/2016 8:23 AM by Eric Phan
​​​The lifecycle of a PBI can be broken down into 3 steps:

1. Ready

  1. Take the next PBI that was created by the Product Owner
  2. Is the PBI ready?
    Check your PBI against your Definition of Ready. “Ready” PBIs must have Acceptance Criteria. A good Definition of Ready also encourages a test first mentality in requirements e.g. Use Spec Flow (Given, When, Then) and/or create Test Cases and Test Steps first.
  3. Break down your PBI into tasks.
  4. Don't forget to make a task for testing! (So that it is visible in the task board). Note: You can also customize the kanban board​ by adding a new column for testing, but we recommend adding a testing task to the PBI instead.
​​​Figure: Adding a new "Test" state. This is only visible in the product backlog and not the sprint backlog
Testing task.png
F​igure: Testing Task added to PBI. This is the board the team will use for 90% of the sprint, so testing should be clearly visible here.​

2. Code

  1. Create a branch for your PBI
  2. On the Web Task Board, move your Task into “In Progress”
  3. Code, code, commit… Code, code, commit (Red Green Refactor)
  4. As you complete tasks, move them to “Done”
  5. Repeat 2-4
  6. If you want feedback early, record a video. E.g. Snagit

3. Done

Is the PBI “Done”? Check your Definition of Done, and then the Tester:

  1. Open a pull request
  2. Do an "over the shoulder" check of the code
  3. Use Microsoft's "Exploratory Tester" Chrome extension  to test the app 
  4. Make changes based on feedback (and then get more feedback)
  5. Merge changes to master, this automatically deploys (to either Test, Staging or Prod based on process maturity)
  6. Send a "done" email
Congrats. Your PBI is now ready to be demonstrated during your Sprint Review! (Note: This is also the same process you follow for a Bug work item)
Good Figure: This image includes all the important steps in a PBI lifecycle. Print this "SSW 3 Steps to a PBI pdf" and put it on your 'War Room' wall.

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