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Are there technical differences between a Product and a Release Backlog (scrum template)?


Virginia Brown (9333641) | asked Aug 03 '12, 10:34 a.m.
edited Aug 03 '12, 10:35 a.m.
I understand the difference between a product and release backlog, 
but am curious -- why there are two difference Plan Types for them?
  
In the following example the Product Backlog uses EBand_Backlog and the Release Backlog 
points to EBand_R1 or EBand_R2. This just seems to be a difference in scope selection.
What does using type of Product Backlog buy me or using Release Backlog?

EBand_Backlog
EBand_R1
EB_R1_Sprint1
EB_R1_Sprint2
EBand_R2

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Guido Schneider (3.4k1379103) | answered Aug 03 '12, 2:20 p.m.
edited Aug 03 '12, 2:21 p.m.
Technical I know following differences:
- predefined plan views
- in the Advanced Release Burndown report, you need to select an Iteration where a plan of the type "Release Backlog" exists. And it is not allowed to have a second Iteration selected for this report, where another plan of type "Release Backlog" exists.

This is a problem in my setup, where I have a seperate Iteration within the Release, parallel to the sprints to hold the "Release Backlog". e.g.

Product Backlog
Release 1.0
       Rel1.0_Backlog
       Rel1.0_Sprint01
       Rel1.0_Sprint02
Release 2.0
       Rel2.0_Backlog
       Rel2.0_Sprint01
       Rel2.0_Sprint02
If you want to use the Advanced Release Burndown for this Situation, the Release backlog plans cannot be of type "Release Backlog".

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Virginia Brown commented Aug 07 '12, 12:54 p.m.

Thanks for the responses. Interesting note on Adv Release Burndown behavior

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T M (8876185143) | answered Aug 03 '12, 10:44 a.m.

Product backlog -> Prioritized list of work of the entire product. E.g., feature 1, f2, f3, f4

Release backlog -> Subset of the product backlog that you are targetting for that release. E.g., f1,f2

Sprint backlog -> subset of Release backlog through a set of detailed tasks. E.g., f1 (task1, t2, t3)

 

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