Agile Release Planning - My practical methods
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Agile Release Planning - My practical methods

One real-world approach to initial agile release planning for one team. With suggestions for Product Backlog Refinement.

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.

The five experts will vote and discuss relative BV Points.

The user stories will have story point estimates by the Developers.

The Prod Bklog will be in ROI order, plus 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, and started moving toward success.

Most importantly, they will all see the same elephant, be more motivated, and have shared the tacit knowledge.

About the Author

Joseph Little
Joseph Little

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
    • The Agile Release Planning workshop
    • Planning, Not Plans
    • Emerging
    • Final Version
    • About this book
    • Warnings
  • Comments on the ‘no estimates’ idea
  • Why Agile Release Planning?
  • The Story Begins
    • Next steps
    • What Happened
    • What Happened Next?
  • My Approach — Summary
    • The People
    • The Process
    • Product Backlog Refinement
    • Comments on initial Agile Release Planning
  • My Approach - The Details
  • The People
  • Vision
  • Product Backlog
    • Roles
    • User Story Workshop
  • Business Value
    • Business Drivers
    • Completing the Drivers
    • Priority Poker
  • Effort
    • Definition of Done
    • Planning Poker
  • The R Factor
  • Ordering by R Factor
  • Risks, Dependencies, Learning, MMFS, Other
  • Completing the Plan
    • Estimating Velocity
    • Finishing the Plan
    • Communicating the Plan
    • The Fix-It Plan
    • ‘Finalizing’ the Plan
  • The ‘OTHER’
    • Other steps or activities we might add to the ARP Day
    • I-A-D (Infrastructure, Architecture, Design)
  • Closing Up
    • When is the Initial Release Planning completed?
    • What do you have ‘in hand’ at the end?
  • The Real Value
  • Product Backlog Refinement
    • What’s Next?
  • The Steering Committe (and the Team)
    • My key point
  • Key Ideas
    • Suggested, not Prescriptive
    • About people and common sense
  • Reminder
  • Appendices
    • The Agile Release Planning workshop
    • FAQ
    • Note on the Author
    • Glossary

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