Links to the various product and sprint backlog templates used in Scrum are among the most popular pages on this site. While these templates are indeed useful, I believe, that during transition to Scrum too powerful tools can draw too much attention and force the team and Product Owner to learn tools instead of learning Scrum. The main point of the product backlog is to list the requirements in the strict and unambiguous order.
I created the very minimal product backlog template (XLS) for Scrum inspired by the Mike Cohn’s product backlog screenshot. You can use this Excel example as a template for your own backlogs. There are plenty of comments on the sheet to help you get started. Consider it published to public domain. It would be very kind of you not to delete the link to this site, but technically you are free to copy, reuse or even resell this example.
Good or Bad
What do you think? How good is this template for starters? Would you like to see more similar templates with the different amount of functionality?