Joe's Agile Release Planning

One real-world approach to initial agile release planning for one team, assuming continuous release plan refactoring

Need help getting your Team started? Want to do "just enough" upfront work before starting the first Sprint? Confused how to gather, share and create knowledge? Let me share some ideas that work.

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About the Book

If you follow this book, you will get your team started.

Your Team will have a Vision.

The Team will have a Product Backlog.

It will be organized by Business Value, using BV Points.

The user stories will have story point estimates.

The Team will have considered cost-benefit analysis and other factors.

They will have estimated the Velocity of the Team and have a sense of when the Releases are possible.

And they will have started to manage expectations towards success.

Most importantly, they will all see the same elephant.  And they will all have their fingerprints on it.

About the Author

Joe Little is an Agile Coach and Trainer (CST).

For more information, see and see his blog there.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Planning, not Plans
    • Emerging
    • Early Edition
    • About the booklet
    • Warnings
  • Why Agile Release Planning?
  • The Story Begins
    • Next steps
    • What Happened
    • What Happened Next?
  • Joe’s Approach – Summary
    • The People
    • The Process
  • Joe’s Approach - The Details
  • Vision
  • Product Backlog
    • Roles
    • User Story Workshop
  • Business Value
    • Business Drivers
    • Priority Poker
  • Effort
    • Definition of Done
    • Planning Poker
  • The R Factor
  • Risks, Dependencies, Learning, MMFS, Other
  • Completing the Plan
    • Estimating Velocity
    • Communicating the Plan
    • The Fix-It Plan
    • ‘Finalizing’ the Plan
  • The ‘OTHER’
    • Other things
    • I-A-D
  • Closing Up
    • When is the Initial Release Planning completed?
    • What do you have ‘in hand’ at the end?
  • The Real Value
  • Refactoring the Release Plan
  • Level 1 Planning and Level 2 Planning
    • My main point
  • Suggested, not Prescriptive
  • Final Comment
  • FAQ
  • Note on the Author

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