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Product Backlog
I registered for PMI-ACP training and we started the virtual live class last weekend. I find it very interesting. I noticed that some terms used in agile makes the previous or common terms exciting, fun and implies positive impression such as events to meeting and artifacts to documents. However, I noticed that it also used the term Product Backlog which seem to imply a negative impression or something not done or delayed. Is this an old term? Is there a plan to review this?
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Chambers dictionary defines backlog as "a reserve or accumulation of business, stock, work, etc that will keep one going for some time".

The term Product Backlog doesn't come from PMI but from Scrum and other agile frameworks. The terminology associated with agile is distinctive because it identifies things that may appear similar to, but are significantly different from, concepts used with more predictive approaches.
Rodrigo -

Remember that these terms are specific to certain frameworks or methods. Backlog for example is associated with Scrum, whereas a work item pool might be more common with a lean Kanban-type approach.

There is no standard nomenclature for agile as there is no single way to "be" agile.

If you feel that the term backlog might generate negative perceptions with your teams, work item list might be less worrisome.

Thanks Kiron! Appreciate your reply. Still trying to learn more about agile principles and methodologies. I am learning a lot from this community.
First of all, mainly if you will take the certification, take a closer look about the certification is not about a specific method itself. Second, go to the basement and take a closer look to the PMIĀ“s Agile Guide plus the glossary of terms in organizations like the Agile Alliance.

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