Adopting new process language bothers me. I was introduced to the Extreme Programming term “story” in 2000 and it wasn’t until 2005 that I stopped rolling my eyes when I heard the term and could actually begin to use it in sentences myself.
“Backlog grooming” isn’t a new term in the Scrum community, but it’s a term that still drives me up the wall. Let me explain why.
Backlog grooming meeting as team torture
Years ago, I sat in on a painful meeting with a software development team I was just beginning to coach. It was important that I learn the way they were working today, and respect the process choices they’d made so far. It was my goal to observe and understand.