Product Owners and others responsible for creating and maintaining the Product Backlog often focus on functional items.

With good engagement in the Backlog Management process from the Development Team and Architects, technical and architectural items also find their way into the Product Backlog.

But what about the human-centric items related to accessibility, inclusivity, internationalization and sustainability?

Through the talk and with the help of several supporting examples and a short exercise, I would like to highlight the importance of addressing these aspects in the Product Backlog. The examples will include examples of good and bad backlog items and design decisions.

I will also share some tips on how Product Owners and supporting roles can work these aspects into the Backlog Management process. These will include some ideas from Design Thinking but will not be limited to that.

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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Typical Backlog Management and Design considerations – 10 mins
  • Overview of human-centric aspects of backlog items and design with examples – 20 mins
    • (what these aspects are and why they are important)
      • Accessibility
      • Inclusivity
      • Internationalization
      • Sustainability
  • Short exercise to create backlog items covering these aspects for a sample product - 10 mins
  • What can we do to include these aspects in our Product Roadmap and Design – 10 mins
    • Backlog management approaches
    • Ideas from Design Thinking
    • Which roles can participate and help

Learning Outcome

For roles that influence the Product Backlog and Product road-maps and Design decisions, the session will broaden their view and encourage them to consider more modern and inclusive aspects. This will be established in a highly interactive way and through an exercise.

The audience will also gain some tips that they can use immediately to ensure more holistically imagined and designed products.

Target Audience

Product Owners, Product Managers, Architects, Designers


Basic knowledge of typical backlog management in Agile environments

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