#162 – Features vs. Enablers

If you haven’t managed to build-in technical quality in your product, then remember to prioritize enablers in your sprints, so you maintain your infrastructure/platform and potentially reduce your Technical Debt.

If your PO says “yeah, do whatever enablers you need, as long as you still meet the deadlines”, then, educate them on why there is only ONE capacity and ONE backlog.

Thus, a given enabler will be made INSTEAD of given feature, which might actually impact the scope of the next delivery/release, but might also increase the product quality, NFRs and future feature delivery lead time.

Ideally, we build in enabler-type work in features, but if you’re already behind, having explicit enablers can help you get back up to speed.