What is a Spike in Scrum

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This question comes up time and time again and the Spike is often confused with the Tracer bullet. Adam Sroka posted a great explanation of the difference between the two on the Yahoo Scrumdevelopment group . So I am quoting Adam verbatim here - thanks Adam."The Pragmatic Programmers described something called a "Tracer Bullet" which: 1) Is an experimental solution that cuts through all the "layers" of the architecture. 2) Is not necessarily time-boxed. 3) Is not intended to be thrown away. Eric Evans talks about "Thin, vertical slices," which are the same as Tracer Bullets. A Spike Solution: 1)...

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