Agile Anti-Patterns: Backlog Anti-Patterns Part II

David Theil
12 min readAug 22, 2022


  • What is a Backlog?
  1. Estimation Inflation
  2. Estimation in Workhours
  3. Missing Acceptance Criteria
  4. Title-Only-Items
  5. Copy-Paste Backlog Items
  6. Missing Backlog Structure
  7. No Spike Culture
  8. Idea Repository for the Product Owner.

INFO: This article is part of the series on agile anti-patterns.
For more agile anti-patterns see the entire series.

Agile Anti-Pattern Series:
- General Agile Anti-Patterns
Scrum Anti-Patterns
- Daily Scrum/ Daily Standup Anti-Patterns
- Sprint Anti-Patterns Part I
- Sprint Anti-Patterns Part II
- Sprint Anti-Patterns Part III
- Backlog Anti-Patterns Part I
- Backlog-Anti-Patterns Part II
- Refinement-Anti-Patterns
- Sprint Review Anti Patterns Part I
- Sprint Review Anti Patterns Part II
- Sprint Review Anti Patterns Part III
- Retrospective Anti Patterns Part I
- Retrospective Anti Patterns Part II
- Retrospective Anti Patterns Part III
- Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns Part I
- Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns Part II
- Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns Part III
- Role Anti-Patterns Part I
- Role Anti-Patterns Part II
- Role Anti-Patterns Part III
- Role Anti-Patterns Part IV

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What is a Backlog?

The Product Backlog is the core of product development with Scrum. It is an ordered list of Product Backlog Items (in short PBIs). A Product Backlog Item (PBI) is a “ticket” that describes a need of a User, Why the User needs a…