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.

Scrum: Adding the Fourth Question to the Daily Standup

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I have been working on or with Agile teams, mostly Scrum, for almost four years now.  On my first team, the Falcon team, and teams ever since, I have noticed a trend in the Daily Scrum meeting where people will say things they think the other team members want to hear.  I found this disturbing as you can imagine, and I found a solution to prevent it.

Film Cameras are Prescriptive, Digital Cameras are Adaptive

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Growing up, I had a dream of being a photographer. I didn’t know why I was drawn to it, but it was something I wanted to do. I bought my first camera when I was 10 years old – it was a Kodak Disc camera. My second camera was a Konica TC Autoreflex – it was my first real camera. I worked a summer for my dad at the wonderful rate of $2.50 per hour – I thought it was good for 11 years old. As I got older, I became more into photography.