Management Fix: Product Backlog Grooming/Refinement

Eduardo Espinheira
2 min readJun 8, 2019

A MngtFix is an actionable solution for a problem with pros and cons to be evaluated by a human manager. Every other week we share a little bit of our knowledge base on social media and our newsletter. This week’s MngtFix is…

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This week’s “Product Backlog Grooming” could be considered a specific solution to teams who are developing products.
On the IT sector within Agile methodologies, “Backlog grooming” is when the product owner and some, or all, of the rest of the team review items on the backlog to ensure the backlog contains the appropriate items, that they are prioritized, and that the items at the top of the backlog are ready for delivery. (learn more at
As usual, it is a matter of having enough planning to understand where you are going.

Known Associates

This MngtFix has been mentioned in relation to a number of MngtBugs such as…
“Lack of Product Strategy”,
“Lack of Focus”,
“Unrealistic Project Schedule”,
“Lack of Customer Requirements Definition”,
“Unrealistic Goals”,
“Schedule Slippage”,
“Lack of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)”
and of course “Lack of Product Backlog Grooming”!


The MngtFix concept and knowledge base could be used to leverage a number of tools.
One of those tools is the Problem Mapping Technique. It is commonly used as a diagnostic tool for teams and organizations, and a deck of MngtFix cards could leverage its application.

The steps in the Problem Mapping Technique are simple to explain. We should start with the problem, then the 3 main impacts and related trends followed by the 3 main causes. With all this detail in mind, the 3 main solutions must be defined.

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Eduardo Espinheira

Eduardo Espinheira is a Consultant, Facilitator, Manager, Public Speaker, Creator of the Management Bugs&Fixes and the Machiavellian PM Stories