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Idea Funnel Backlog

Keep your ideas flexible while prioritizing and concentrating on your backlog.

About the Idea Funnel Backlog

Consider utilizing an idea funnel backlog with your team to prioritize a list of features, bugs, technical work, and knowledge building. Keeping this backlog updated will help enhance the functionality of your product or service.

You can treat the idea funnel backlog as both a roadmap and a backlog. The combination of a Kanban Board with the backlog can assist you and your team in prioritizing as you approach near-term or end-of-quarter dates.

While it is possible to work on a product backlog and a 5-day design sprint process separately, this template conveniently integrates both artifacts into one.

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What is an Idea Funnel Backlog

Product managers can use an idea funnel backlog to transform their idea pool into a product backlog, which can then guide the planned feature implementations or user stories.

A standard product backlog consists of three layers:

1. Raw requests and ideas (gathered from customer support, product owners, or product teams)

2. User stories (derived from requests or ideas by a product owner based on current product strategy or request popularity)

3. Planned state for user stories (these are displayed on a Kanban Board)

Utilizing an idea funnel backlog can aid you in selecting new ideas to prioritize for your upcoming sprint. The funnel structure facilitates the conversion of many ideas into manageable, pertinent stories or features that can be implemented.

Teams looking for a framework to break free from reactive sprint planning cycles or task-oriented thinking can benefit from an idea funnel backlog. The structure enables teams to concentrate on longer-term objectives and gain predictability in managing their idea backlogs.

When to use an Idea Funnel Backlog

A backlog of ideas in a funnel can prove advantageous for product teams seeking assistance with the following:

  • Cost management: clusters of unverified concepts may turn out to be expensive. Hence product teams must prioritize and refine their backlogs regularly.
  • Concentration on high-yield tasks: by prioritizing your ideas, you focus on user stories or features that could have a more significant impact and prevent any ideas from being neglected.
  • Promoting innovation: strive to balance validating concepts and maintain the potential value of anything that falls behind the queue while ensuring nothing is forgotten when relegated to the back of the line.

Create your own Idea Funnel Backlog

Making your own idea funnel backlog is very easy. The FigJam whiteboard is a great canvas to create and share it. Select the template and follow these steps to begin making one.

Step 1: Begin adding user stories or product features. Click the sticky note icon or press N to enable the tool and add more stick notes.

Step 2: Give each of your ideas an age limit. Agree on a timely expiration date. If an idea doesn’t fit in the timeframe. It should disappear.

Step 3: Prioritize what you must do. The tasks on the template will be organized by could so, should do, and would do.

Step 4: Add in your most important or popular backlog items to the spring area. Add your must-do items and tackle them in order of next, doing, and done.

Step 5: Continue to maintain your backlog and prioritize effectively. It provides a central platform to share customer feedback, prioritize product features, and plan product development.

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