26855Re: The Scrum Release Plan Dilemma
- Feb 4, 2008Hi Alistair,
> "With what we NOW know, what will the most useful system we can create look like on THAT date?"
> ... "What would it look like if we changed the date?"
Yes, this is useful. It is simple and elegant. I think it is probably all that is needed in terms of "release planning". It has a focus on establishing and expressing vision, without counting points or stories or anything else.
Vision in the Agile process is vital for success, whether it is a vision statement for the whole project, for a particular date-driven release or a single sprint (i.e. a sprint goal). Without vision we may as well all go find another job because the one we are in is gonna suck ;-)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "aacockburn" <acockburn@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "Tobias Mayer"
> tobyanon@ wrote:
> > I have never found a project that has a meaningful
> > and complete backlog.
> > These are features that previously were simply not
> > thought of, and only emerged as a result of the
> > stakeholders seeing the working software.
> > It plays havoc with any kind of release planning.
> > How do you do effective release planning in the
> > face of all this change?
> > The alternative is to have no release plan, or a
> > purely date-driven plan with little knowledge of what
> > will be in each release beyond some wild guesswork.
> You semi answer the question ... you have to move to a
> date-driven plan.
> The purpose of each release planning exercise now becomes:
> "With what we NOW know, what will the most useful system
> we can create look like on THAT date?"
> Personally, I think that is a valuable exercise. It allows
> also for the sponsors to reply with,
> "What would it look like if we changed the date?"
> Personally, I think that you should always have a coarse-
> grained statement of time and content goal (and everyone
> on the team should know it). If you are missing that, then
> it is hard for everyone on the team (including the sponsors)
> to pull in the same direction.
> Does this help you out at all?
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