How to conduct perfect product grooming

What is backlog refinement?

It’s a meeting to work with your product backlog. Backlog refinement may be a regular meeting or scheduled when needed. There are several possible goals for such an event:

Why you should conduct a refinement meeting?

The intent of backlog refinement is to ensure that the…


A Sprint Review is an essential part of the Sprint process. It’s an opportunity for the development team to show off its work and to excite stakeholders.

The Sprint Review is more than just a presentation of what has been achieved. The team will address market changes, update the release schedule, and set goals for the next Sprint. This is where the Scrum Team and the stakeholders discuss the product increment and receive feedback.

Agenda template

  1. Present the sprint goal
  2. Review of what’s done and what hasn’t been done
  3. Demo the work
  4. Ask questions and share observations
  5. Review the key metrics
  6. Review…

The sprint retrospective is an opportunity to inspect the situation within a team and create a plan for improvements.

The retrospective should create a safe space for people to share their honest feedback on what’s going well, what could be improved, and generate a discussion around things that should change next time around — with actionable items documented.

Agenda template

  1. Introduction
  2. Project Review
  3. Lessons learned (Successes & Challenges)
  4. Priorities: What matters most?
  5. Improvements: Action-oriented planning
  6. Summary

Before the meeting

  1. Plan enough time: the rule of thumb is 30 minutes per week of project work
  2. Make sure that everybody will be prepared: ask the team to…


Three years ago, our web application received 30 press publications including Forbes, just in two weeks. Our users enjoyed the service itself but strongly required to have it in a more handy version.

Unfortunately, the technical debt of our MVP made it completely unprofitable to maintain the platform. Additionally, as a young founder in the role of Product Owner, I had no experience with mobile apps.

As a result of our technical capabilities shortage, the project was frozen. It took us three years to reassemble a new, seasoned team and publish the App in App Store & Google Play.

Why…


If your team follows the Scrum framework, you’re probably familiar with all the 5 Scrum Ceremonies organized during a Sprint. Scrum offers a solid foundation for setting up these meetings, but in my experience there are a few things all project managers can do to make these Agile Ceremonies even more productive. This article is for those who want to learn everything about the timing of Scrum ceremonies.

Every Scrum ceremony has a clear purpose, and together, the Scrum events provide teams with a framework to set expectations, collaborate efficiently, and get their work done in a well-structured manner.

However…


Make teamwork a source of motivation for your teams with these battle-tested tactics.

We all join new teams with our unique assumptions and expectations about teamwork. I believe that understanding where these expectations come from is essential to building a productive team environment.

Here are some battle-tested practices for making teamwork a source of satisfaction to your team so that it helps them tackle complex projects like developing a piece of software.

Let’s start with our expectations of teamwork

The assumptions that impact teamwork come from 3 different sources:

1. Individual expectations — these are the unique assumptions every team member brings in when they join a team.

For example, here’s how I define successful teamwork:


Do-It-Yourself Public Relations Guidebook

As a startup founder, you have one goal: to create the best possible product.

The value of your brainchild might be clear to you but it’s not that obvious to other people — including your potential customers.

Even if you develop an amazing Minimum Viable Product (MVP), its success isn’t guaranteed. How you let other people know about your product is just as important as its amazing features.

Journalists get tons of press releases about new apps that promise to “change the world”, so expect them to be very selective. …


Every product launch is different. There’s no point in looking for one universal solution that works for every business and product.

Still, there are some things every product launch needs for success. By sticking to the 20 points outlined in the checklist below, you’ll be on your way to boosting your sales and getting the word about your product out there before revealing it to the world.

1. Define your Unique Selling Proposition (USP). You need to communicate how your product is different from the others available on the market and why customers should choose yours.


A press release is an excellent medium for spreading the word about your product. When I worked at a PR agency, I noticed that media professionals are used to receiving hundreds of press releases each month and have systems in place to manage that influx before deciding which ones to take up and get in touch with the company.

In this post, I would like to share my experience as an account manager at a PR company to tell you how to create a press release that does its job.

Here’s how PR accounts write releases

Let’s take a look at what the process of writing…


It might come as a surprise, but in its essence, product launch and product development are very similar. In fact, the two are tightly woven together. And that’s sometimes a little too much for founders who struggle to finish one task after another, at some point losing a broader view of their product. There are so many things that require their attention that it’s easy to forget about overall goals.

That’s when founders can make mistakes that may have a significant impact on the success of both their market launch and their product itself.

Here are 5 critical mistakes many…

Paweł Łubiarz

Product Manager at Piwik PRO | MyLuggage Founder | Helping startups to kick-off their products

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