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Agile Glossary: basic concepts and key terms for agile project management

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Agile Glossary: basic concepts and key terms for agile project management

Agile project management is becoming an increasingly popular approach in software development and other projects because it provides flexibility, adaptability and faster results. However, agile terminology includes many new concepts and terms that are essential to understand for successful implementation.


This Agile Glossary provides a comprehensive insight into the basic concepts and key terms of Agile project management. Each term is accompanied by a brief definition, examples and additional resources to help deepen your knowledge.

Basic concepts:

  • Agile: An approach that focuses on continuous adaptation, adaptability to change and teamwork in the implementation of projects.


  • Scrum: A framework for agile project management that breaks a project into shorter cycles called "sprints" and focuses on teamwork and continuous feedback.


  • Product Owner: A member of the team responsible for setting the vision for the product and managing priorities.


  • Scrum Master: A team member who helps the team to use the Scrum framework effectively and removes obstacles.


  • Development team: A group of people working together on a project to achieve its goals.


  • Sprint: A shorter cycle, into which the project is broken down, typically lasts 1-4 weeks.


  • Sprint planning: A meeting is held at the beginning of the sprint where the team defines the sprint objectives and tasks.


  • Daily meeting: A short meeting, usually in the morning, where team members report on progress, identify challenges and coordinate work.


  • Sprint Review: A meeting at the end of the sprint where the team presents the completed work and gets feedback from the product owner.


  • Sprint retrospective: A meeting after the sprint is completed where team members give feedback on the sprint and identify areas for improvement.

Scrum concepts:

  • Product Backlog: A prioritised list of tasks, features and fixes to be performed on the product.


  • Sprint Backlog: List of tasks selected from the Product Backlog to be performed during the sprint.


  • Impediment: An obstacle that hinders the team's work.


  • Burn Down Chart: A graph that visually represents the number of remaining tasks in the sprint.


  • Velocity: The team's permeability. The average number of tasks completed by a team, or the sum of the metrics used in a sprint.


  • User Story: A short description that describes a particular feature or improvement from the user's perspective.


  • Acceptance Criteria: A list of conditions that must be met for a task to be considered complete.

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We hope our Agile Glossary will provide you with an insight into the basic concepts and key terms of agile project management. A practical understanding of these concepts is essential for successful Agile project management.

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