- You are a product owner and you re about to kick off the next release. You re received input from your stakeholders, created stories and had them estimated byMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2007View Source
You are a product owner and you’re about to kick off the next release. You’re received input from your stakeholders, created stories and had them estimated by the team, prioritized the backlog, and determined how much work you expect to get completed in the release. The release plan is finished.
How are you communicating the release plan to your stakeholders? Do you have a release kickoff meeting?
In his excellent book “Agile Estimating and Planning” Mike Cohn states that a release plan:
· “Helps the product owner and the whole team decide how much must be developed and how long it will take before they have a releasable product.”
· “Conveys expectations about what is likely to be developed and in what timeframe”
· “Servers as a guidepost toward which the project team can progress”
I expect one line of thought for how to communicate the release plan is to distribute the release backlog to the stakeholders. I’d like to propose that this method of communication is not adequate to meet the purpose that Mike outlined and that a Release Kickoff Meeting is a good approach.
Release Kickoff Meeting
Purpose: Ensure that everyone understands the goals for the current release and how the backlog items in the release help meet those goals.
Attendees: Everyone involved in the project.
Duration: One hour
Facilitator: Product Owner
1. Review the release backlog and discuss what made it, what didn’t and why.
2. Question and Answer
Why it’s important:
· Provides context to the release backlog
· Allows the product owner to explain how their feedback as incorporated into the release
· Provides a chance for the entire team to come together
· Sets the expectation for the product owner to have the release plan ready at the beginning of the release.
Has anyone addressed this topic before? Is so, please point me to that resource. Thanks.
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