I just blogged about the How To Manage A Design Backlog over at the Pivotal Labs blog.
Every project is different, but Agile and XP have taught developers a stable and robust set of tools for managing (development) work. What about managing design work? (With apologies to Tolstoy :)
[DEVELOPMENT BACKLOGS] ARE ALL HAPPY; EVERY [DESIGN BACKLOG] IS UNHAPPY IN ITS OWN WAY.
A designer colleague asks:
I’d love some insight into how other people use [Pivotal Tracker] / attach mocks and keep things updated as stories split and get added. I’d love to learn how to spend more time working on design rather than managing it.
There are many approaches to managing design and integrating design work with development work…
Check it out, and let me know what you think in the comments!
UPDATE: Go read Part 2, How to Integrate Design in an Agile Backlog, and Part 3, How to Maintain Separate Design Design and Development Backlogs.