Forecasting timelines for Stakeholders

There has been a lot of great movement towards agile software development over the last decade or so. However, there are still a few struggles or gaps you’ll find in most organization today that claim to be agile. That is with the dilemma of how to forecast updated timelines to the customer and or stakeholders.

Product t-shirt sizing chunks of work, or forecasting based on a well-groomed backlog ?

If you ask a typical agile dev team member how they would handle providing timelines of work to be completed, you might be surprised by the answer. They might just not care about what we may or might not do six months to a year from now but more about continuously delivering what the customer wants now:

Project Plan Gantt charts and Product Roadmaps with far out timelines and Roadmaps are the old way of doing things. A constant feedback loop with the customer is the new way to do things in the agile software development world.

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How I got my Agile wings

        I’m currently a ScrumMaster working on three local Scrum teams, which when I started was only one small team. My first day on the team was coincidentally sprint planning day, when I was asked to hit the ground running as the new ScrumMaster. Without hesitation, I eagerly took on the challenge. From then on, I helped build and coach the team to its current size of three Scrum teams.
Thrown into a Sprint…    thrown into a sprint

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Acceptance Criteria: Agile or Waterfall?

boardA while back, I was in a scrum team’s backlog grooming session when all of a sudden one of the dev team members blurted out something about one of the user stories the team was looking at.  The dev team member didn’t like the Acceptance Criteria that was created by the Product Owner, so the dev member decided to interrupt the meeting to tell everyone that Acceptance Criteria’s where waterfall, and never meant for Agile Software development.  I gave the Product Owner and dev team members a chance to defend the need of the Acceptance Criteria’s we used in our stories, but everyone was silent and looked on in awe at the dev team members remarks. Continue reading “Acceptance Criteria: Agile or Waterfall?”

A Step into the Agile world

stepIntoAgile.jpgFor some, the term Agile may be a foreign concept. Like me, early on in my career, many are thrown into the agile way of doing software development. There will obviously be many who start their careers working in predominantly an adaptive agile way (e.g. less up front planning and more development early on), as opposed to the more traditional waterfall approach (e.g. heavier on planning the work to be done before starting the actual development).  I was initially introduced to agile methodologies when I was an intern back in college.

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