Front Burner | Definition of Front Burner by Scrum Dictionary

Front Burner

[fruhnt bur-ner]

Definition of Front Burner

The portion of the Backlog that the Team has agreed to work on ‘now’. Depending on your ‘flavor’ or Scrum, this can either be the Sprint Backlog or the Work in Progress (WIP). (see Sprint Backlog, Work in Progress)
  • In The Scrum Guide this is called the Sprint Backlog
  • In Kanban this is called the Work in Process.
  • In ScrumH this is called Work in Progress or WIP.


The Story the Team hasn’t started yet is pushed into the Back Burner, and the new Story that needs to be worked on gets moved into the Front Burner to be worked on in the Sprint
If it is to be worked on now, the Story’s Agreement is finalized and agreed to by the Team, and the Story is accepted into the Front Burner to be Done and delivered.

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"Front Burner." AccessedJan 23, 2022.