13 Apr '13, 4pm

Great piece on how to do sane long-term agile planning. #agile #quilted

Flexible plans executed via iterative development are at the core of Agile : Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. This is great for figuring out what to build, but all this flexibility can make planning and estimation hard. In practice, developers tend to prefer backlogs containing a few weeks worth of fine-grained stories following INVEST principles , followed by low-fidelity—and unestimated—chunks of epic-sized features. The thinking is that any stories farther out are unstable, and that it’s wasteful to spend time specifying them in detail. Agile planning tools like Pivotal Tracker are built with this perspective in mind, and are great for managing fine-grained details. But what happens when you need to get a more big-picture view of a project? Recently, a colleague said: As dev...

Full article: http://pivotallabs.com/assumptions-label/

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