In my last post I stated that the goal of Agile sprint planning is for the development team to know what pieces of working functionality – prioritized by the business – they can commit to delivering with relative certainty at the end of the two-week sprint. I also wrote that the keys to planning are… Continue reading Doing sprint planning well
Early on in this set of blog posts about Agile planning I talked about the common image of the planning onion, in which there are different layers of planning that start with the widest strategic view and progress all the way to daily planning. So far I have written about strategy and portfolio planning in… Continue reading The goal of sprint planning
In my previous (long) post I talked about navigating potential conflicts that can emerge in Agile planning when a company has an inter-related set of products. I suggested that product owners have a valuable role to play in navigating these collisions by facilitating communication, articulating trade-offs, recognizing leverage opportunities, and offering a wider perspective. I… Continue reading So who decides when someone has to?
Groucho Marx once famously observed that outside of a dog a book is a man’s best friend while inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. We could use a similar analogy to talk about Agile planning and say that good planning does not happen in a vacuum because either it’s too dark, cramped,… Continue reading When worlds collide
It has been a little while since I’ve been in a good rhythm with my blogging but I am trying to get to one now. I want to work through the remaining posts in the current arc about Agile planning. Believe it or not I work hard to keep my blog posts concise. I think… Continue reading Summary on my next two posts
I recently heard someone at my firm lodge the following complaint about Agile: ‘The trouble with developing software with Agile is that it tends to be very reactive as we build to satisfy the most recent requests; instead we need a more proactive and long-term approach to thinking about our software development priorities.’ To offer… Continue reading The Agile planning onion