Or more precisely “Regularly review and prioritise the backlog”. It’s vital that the backlog portrays the work in priority order, failure to keep this well groomed and reflecting reality will seriously damage the effectiveness of using Agile and will also be a drain on the teams time as for every step they will question whether the […]

The key thing here is to not assume that once you have a backlog that your job is done – hopefully no-one who does agile believes that and maybe some have learnt the hard way! As the team take stories into an iteration then other stories will move up the backlog. It’s important to know […]

This is crucial to Agile – yet I see it being broken on many an occasion. The pressures are obvious, the team are expected to be working as hard as they can to deliver a release and this translates into “load up the iteration with as much as you can possibly do..”. There are also […]

Happy New Year to all reading this. Back in 2008 I first wrote my Seven Golden Rules for predictable releases – these are 1. Don’t over commit 2. Ensure regular look ahead planning 3. Prioritize backlogs 4. Update your information radiator regularly 5. Do sprint retrospectives and look for continual improvement 6. Define acceptance criteria […]

Sorry if you’ve been expecting me to post this month but things have been getting in the way – hopefully be posting more regularly in January (typically I aim to post twice per month). In the meantime I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

So let’s assume we’ve been on a Discovery Sprint or two and now we need to ensure we reduce the amount of carry-over and return to  a more normal sprint with the goal of completing our committed stories as cleanly as possible. This is what a stabilising sprint is for, it’s important to not take carried-over […]

Let’s assume that we’re just starting out, perhaps we’ve just done a Sprint Zero, we have a lot of unknowns and only a rough idea of our velocity. A lot of new feature development is expected in this iteration so it’s very difficult to estimate. I would call this a “Discovery Sprint”. We may have […]