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Mastering the Role of Product Owner – Best Practices

January 8, 2024

What do you think of when you hear “Product Owner?” Do you think of someone whose job seems fuzzy around the edges, do you think of the person representing a project, the person in charge of the backlog? Product Owners wear many hats, and it can be unclear what their purpose is for a project when they aren’t executing it effectively. In this article we will discuss what a PO’s role is, who can be a Produce Owner, and five best practices to be an effective PO. Continue reading

Introducing New Public Training Courses for 2024

December 15, 2023

Beginning in January, we will be adding two new online public training courses: Generative AI for Project Managers and SAFe Agilist (SA)® Exam Prep. We believe it is important to stay on top of how project management is evolving as an industry and provide up-to-date training in those areas.  Continue reading

Effective Hybrid Practices

September 6, 2023

There are few organizations that implement pure Agile. Most organizations use some form of hybrid approach; this could be any mix of Waterfall and Agile. Due to the varying needs of projects and teams, there are several ways to effectively implement hybrid practices. One example is something like this: A waterfall approach for requirements and design followed by an iterative cycle for development and testing, and back to waterfall for closing the project. Continue reading

RefineM’s Test Simulator Upgraded

August 25, 2023

RefineM’s Project Management Professional (PMP)®test simulator features questions that have been optimized for compliance with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Seventh Edition and the newest exam content outline.

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Basics of Backlog Management for Agile Projects

August 7, 2023


First things first, what is a backlog? The backlog is an ordered list of requirements, features, tasks, enhancements, and so on for a product/project that ensures the customer is getting the highest value possible frequently and continuously. The backlog is prioritized by the Product owner with input from the customer and project team. It is typically split into three levels:  

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