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Build Less, Start Sooner

by Jim Highsmith, 09 May 2012

Jeff Patton recently reminded me of two simple strategies for software development that I’ve talked about from time to time—Build Less Software and Start Sooner. I thought I’d follow up on Jeff’s blog and revisit these simple, but powerful strategies. First, managers and executives complain a lot about not delivering software (or any other product [...]

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Why Release Planning?

by Joe Little, 29 July 2011

I led a discussion at the Ottawa Agile and Scrum groups last week.  I asked the group to come up with some reasons to do Release Planning.  In essence, they represent the meta 'purposes' of release planning.  Purposes that one's approac...

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Don’t Plan, Speculate

by Jim Highsmith, 07 July 2011

One thing people are learning is that you can’t plan uncertainty away. Plans are good for things we know, or things that we may have some control over. However uncertainty—and its close cousin’s ambiguity and velocity—defy planning. When I originally introduced my Adaptive Life Cycle in Adaptive Software Development, the three high-level phases were Speculate, [...]

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Some Thoughts on Agile Planning

by Mike Cottmeyer, 10 May 2011

Agile Math The basic math of team based agile is pretty simple. You can slice it several ways, but at the end of the day, one of these three basic formulas has to hold true. It’s all about time, cost, and scope… you get to decide which two constraints you want to lock, but then [...]

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A New Artifact – The Long-Term Product Backlog

by Mike Cohn, 06 May 2011

The weather turned nice about two weeks ago, which meant it was time for spring cleaning about the Cohn home, affectionately known as the Cohnderosa (which will only mean something if you’re old enough to remember “Bonanza”). While washing the windows around the outside of the house I had plenty of time to think about [...]

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The Agile Planning Onion is Wrong

by Mishkin Berteig, 25 April 2011

The concept is simple: there are six levels of planning in an organization, often represented as layers of a metaphorical onion. In the agile planning onion, strategy is the outermost layer. This is meant to indicate that it is the driver of all the planning in the inner layers, which have shorter time horizons, down [...]

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Stress-Free Priority Meetings using Planning Poker Cards

by Mike Caspar, 17 April 2011

For many of you, there will be instances where Scrum or Agile is something a company is trying but does not really buy into or understand yet. I would like to start by saying.  There is hope! The  following story is about implementing Planning Poker in Priority Meetings at the senior management level using the [...]

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