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

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 mainly by Business Value, using BV Points.

The user stories will have story point estimates.

The Team will have considered ROI 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, 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
    • 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
  • My Approach - The Details
  • The People
  • Vision
  • Product Backlog
    • Roles
    • User Story Workshop
  • Business Value
    • Business Drivers
    • Priority Poker
  • Effort
    • Planning Poker
  • The 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’
    • 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
  • Suggested, not Prescriptive
  • Final Comment
  • FAQ
  • Note on the Author
  • Glossary

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