Do you use a Police Line in your backlog to help focus you on your MVP (Minimum Viable Product)?

Last updated by Brady Stroud [SSW] 6 days ago.See history

A Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is the core of your application that you should be aiming to build before you spend time on nice-to-haves, bells-and-whistles, and stretch-goals.

To help focus your Product Owner and team on the core Product Backlog Items (PBIs) needed to fulfil the MVP, it can help to add a Police Line to your backlog.

  1. Create a PBI and call it either:

    1. -----------------------------------MVP----------------------------------
    2. -------------------------------Police Line------------------------------
    3. ---------------------------------Phase 1--------------------------------

Then when deciding if a feature is vital or not, simply drag it above or below this line.

backlog police line
Figure: Good example – Police Line added to help the team prioritize

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