Agile Terminology 101: Agile Terms You Need to Know

Adriana Girdler

Clear definitions of all the agile terms that sound confusing! It’s easy to get lost in the jargon of Agile terminology. If you’re confused about …

Clear definitions of all the agile terms that sound confusing!

It’s easy to get lost in the jargon of Agile terminology. If you’re confused about some Agile terms you’ve heard, don’t worry because I have some simple definitions for you.

To start out with, what even is Agile?

Agile Definition

Agile is a project management approach that emphasizes flexibility and collaboration.

This approach is heavily used in the software industry. It takes all the project requirements, prioritizes them, and puts them into segments that get executed in cycles.

Agile ensures that you can complete a project without having to do a lot of rework.

Sprint Definition

A sprint is a designated time period where Scrum teams complete specific objectives and move toward their target goals as scheduled.

They have their requirements, fit it into a sprint, and then when they are done, they get new requirements and do it in a second sprint. These cycles repeat until the project is complete.

Backlog Definition

A backlog is a prioritized list of features and requirements for a project that has not been started yet.

User Story Definition

A user story is a brief description of a feature or requirement from the perspective of an end-user.

The purpose here is to show how the software feature is going to provide value to the customer.

Scrum, Scrum Master, Bottleneck, Kanban, Lean, Stakeholder, Retrospective, Iteration, Timeboxing, Product Owner

Still confused about some (or all) of the agile terminology above?

Head over to my latest YouTube video where I give you clear and concise definitions of these terms, including visuals! See you there.

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Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

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