Agile Tasking – Why You Should Be Tasking Out Stories

There are five levels to Agile planning: Product Vision – What are you building, why, when and for who. Product Roadmap – Everything related to the releases needed to meet the vision; themes, features, objectives and dates. Release Planning – Everything related to meeting the goals of the release, the iterations, team and capacity, stories, … Continue reading

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Resource Planning

One of the most common questions I’m asked about running Agile projects and teams is how do I do resource planning. The short answer is that it’s a three or four step process; understand available time, iteration planning, release planning and then long term planning. Available Time There are a couple of things to consider … Continue reading

Agile So Far – January 2016

2015 was an odd year for us; we had a few projects that didn’t involve our product owners with people that don’t use Agile methodologies causing lots of frustration and timing issues, we took over development and support of a niche product, completing the backlog just as the product owner retired, our local leader also … Continue reading

Agile So Far – August 2015

Our last couple of iterations have been challenging in that old issues are popping up again and some bad habits/coping mechanisms have snuck back in. I’m also realizing that there are times that we are very much an island in need of stronger, more solid connections with the other teams we depend so much on. Building connections when … Continue reading

Velocity – Understanding Your Points

I started this project to help me find the right data points to assist not only with better iteration planning but also to help me plan future iterations with a solid estimate of what we typically complete. I started off by looking at our Velocity, typically the number you use but not something we find … Continue reading