Agile Project Management Artifacts

July 26, 2012

Project progress needs to be measurable. Agile project teams often use six main artifacts, or deliverables, to develop products and track progress, as listed here:

  • Product vision statement: An elevator pitch, or a quick summary, to communicate how your product supports the company's or organization's strategies. The vision statement must articulate the goals for the product.
  • Product backlog: The full list of what is in the scope for your project, ordered by priority. Once you have your first requirement, you have a product backlog.
  • Product roadmap: The product roadmap is a high-level view of the product requirements, with a loose time frame for when you will develop those requirements.
  • Release plan: A high-level timetable for the release of working software.
  • Sprint backlog: The goal, user stories, and tasks associated with the current sprint.
  • Increment: The working product functionality at the end of each sprint.