Agile Project Planning

Projects are a necessary evil :-) But necessary they are. Some people really feel the need to understand precisely what the project will cost and exactly long it will take. If this is the basis for investment, of course that's a completely understandable feeling. For years, traditional waterfall projects have been sold on the false pretense that projects are predictable. Plannable. Of course the...

Agile Release Planning

A software release may result from multiple iterations (or 'Sprints' in Scrum). Sprint Planning is about planning what's included in the next iteration. Whereas Release Planning is about planning multiple Sprints, in order to predict when a release (or releases)...

Software Complexity + Human Frailty + Changing Circumstances = ???

If we accept the above formula, why in non agile development methods is there so much emphasis on analysis, planning and change control? High level planning, such as a feature list (or Product Backlog in Scrum), and an outline plan based on the affordable team...

Understanding Your Velocity

In a few entries on my blog, I have referred to Velocity and only briefly explained what it is. I think it's about time I explain properly for those not familiar with it. Velocity is terminology from the Scrum agile methodology and is basically the same concept...

What Is The Point In Estimating?

One technique used by agile development teams is the idea of estimating product features using points. This has a few distinct advantages over estimating in physical units of time. 1. Estimating is very quick because it's an intuitive estimate of a feature's size. 2....

How To Prioritise – Part II

I recently posted an entry on my blog about how to prioritise quickly and intuitively. I presented a 2d matrix with importance (business value) on one axis and difficulty (effort/complexity/cost/risk) on the other. It's a simplistic approach, but then that's...

How To Share An Agile Development Team

Scrum, and other agile development methodologies, provide a framework for managing software development projects. But all too often, methodologies focus on a project environment, where the team is focused predominantly on a shared goal. Where the team is largely...

How To Prioritise Quickly And Intuitively

If you're in a situation where prioritisation is straightforward and you have a single decisive product owner, you probably need to read no further. If, however, prioritisation is difficult in your situation - maybe because you have several products or product...

The Beauty of NOT Doing Agile Development…

The beauty of NOT doing agile development... is that failure comes as a complete surprise, instead of being preceeded by months of worry! Often in traditional development projects, everything seems to be going so well, right up to 80% completion or perhaps even...

Agile Development: No Sprint Is An Island!

One of the key agile principles is about fixing timescales and varying scope. In DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development Methodology) these iterations are called Timeboxes; in Scrum agile management practice they are called Sprints. For Business-As-Usual (BAU) changes...

How Can I Be Sure My Agile Project Will Deliver On Time?

In agile development the timescale is fixed. So one thing you can be absolutely sure about, is that it'll deliver on time! The question in agile development is the other way up - how can I be sure enough features will be delivered to achieve the objectives and...


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