The Rock Crusher

The Rock Crusher is a flow-based model of backlog management for visualizing and managing the work required to create a steady flow of ready work for a team. Rock Crusher benefits include:

  • All the work is made visible. Authoring code is not the only activity that creates value.
  • It highlights flow. When all work is visible, then we can manage the entire flow- not just the coding steps.
  • Not everything gets done. The Rock Crusher captures the turbulent nature of requirements flow and acknowledges that stabilizing and throttling the flow means discarding many ideas.
  • It takes a village. The idea that the product owner acts alone is an illusion that hides the value the investment creates in this decision.

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