A Brief Note About Types of Backlog Items

In very broad strokes, there seem to be three categories into which backlog items can be put:

1. End Results – new functionality or capability that provides direct value to stakeholders.

2. Infrastructure Investment – work that is done to support the creation or delivery of end results but which does not directly provide value.

3. Debt Reduction – work that is done to eliminate barries to the creation of end results.

There are also some types of items that (typically) are not put on backlogs:

– Ongoing Tasks – tasks that are repeated on a regular basis.

– Constraints – descriptions of the qualities of the end results.

– Milestones – events or dates that define the transition from one state to another in an endeavor.


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