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Backlog Grooming in Product Management

Backlog grooming, also known as backlog refinement, is a recurring event in agile product management where the product team reviews items on the product backlog to ensure they are appropriately prioritized and detailed. This process helps in identifying any issues or updates needed for the backlog items, making sure that the product backlog remains a true reflection of the project's requirements.

Example

At Google, the product management team regularly conducts backlog grooming sessions for their Google Docs suite. During these sessions, they prioritize new features, update the status of ongoing developments, and remove outdated tasks. This ensures that the development team always has a clear set of priorities and well-defined tasks to work on, aligning closely with the product's strategic goals.