Blog Archive for 2012

The Case for Retrospectives

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Even with all the good reasons to do retrospectives, they are still the first thing most teams cut when they’re feeling pressured to perform faster, deliver more, or increase quality. What’s ironic is that they are cutting the one thing that could help them both increase their velocity and quality.

Determining Sprint Length

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There is no one-size-fits-all, magic bullet for determining a sprint length that works well for every team. Originally, Scrum called for one-month sprints, but nowadays many teams have been successful with two-week or even one-week sprints.

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Release Planning in Agile (Scrum and XP) Projects

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The most frequently asked question on any project might be, “When will you be done?” or “Will you have it all done by a certain date?” We all have experienced times when our projections have been way off and we’ve suffered as a result. Scrum promises a more adaptable planning scenario, one that allows for and indeed expects change. But does that promise mean that we don’t have toor can’tdo release planning any more?

The simple answer is no.