A well groomed backlog is critical to the success of any agile project.  In this workshop, you’ll work with a sample backlog, letting the instructor act as the Product Owner.  You’ll groom the backlog and estimate Story Points using a variation of Planning Poker, focusing on the unique perspective the QA professional brings to the discussion.  You’ll practice verifying that the Story is testable and has valid acceptance criteria. You’ll use risk based testing to determine the test estimates that are supplied. 

  • Gain practical experience participating in backlog grooming as a QA professional
  • Exercise your testing expertise to verify the Story is properly groomed
  • Use your testing experience to ensure the team develops a valid estimate


Bill Rinko-Gay, Agile Integrity, LLC

Bill Rinko-Gay is the founder of Eliasson Group. Currently, Bill is working as a Transformation Agent and ScrumMaster for Macmillan Higher Education. Bill has been involved in Software Test and Quality Assurance since 1982 when he began testing command and control software for orbiting satellites for the US Air Force. Frustrated with the lack of structure in the testing program, Bill began working on a more comprehensive approach to software quality. Since leaving the DOD, Bill has worked on projects in defense, computer manufacturing, publishing, network security, financial, state and local governments. With experience in development teams ranging in size from three to sixty and beginning his fourth decade in the field, Bill is still improving techniques to allow teams to produce excellence. His most recent work is in Scrum and agile quality assurance, improving software quality in the 21st century. A regular speaker and trainer for QAI affiliate organizations, Bill currently holds PMP and Certified ScrumMaster certifications.