Category Archives: Release Planning

Agile Release Planning – some questions

QUESTIONS: Hi Joe, I’ve read through your book [on Agile Release Planning] and want to say that it was a great review of our Friday session, I enjoyed your clear and concise language, and am sure this will make an excellent resource. But there are still a few things that are unclear to me; it […]

Questions: Agile Release Planning

Question: Hi Joe! Hope you are well. We are cranking up the Agile Scrum. I know you are likely very busy, and I tried to find answers to my Agile Release Planning questions below, but I am not finding what I am looking for on the net. That said, I have three quick questions that […]

Release Planning: Summary of our blog posts

Here are the main ones, in order. Joe’s Approach to Agile Release Planning Release Planning: Vision Release Planning: Product Backlog Release Planning: Business Value Release Planning: Effort (1) Release Planning: Effort (2) Release Planning: Risks, Dependencies, Learning, MMFS and Other Release Planning: Completing the Plan Refactoring the Release Plan Some additional related posts: Agile Release […]

Wide-Band Delphi Estimation for Business Value – 3

This is the third in a series of three.  See Part 1 and Part 2. ____________________________ How can we use the BV points? We could organize the Product Backlog strictly by BVPs, at least initially. In fact, I recommended this, to see patterns or to make any mistakes obvious. But, I do not recommend doing […]

Wide-Band Delphi Estimation for Business Value – 2

See Part 1. ___________________________________ Step by step Let’s walk through how to do it. We have a Product Backlog, usually user stories. Identify the right people to be the Business Value experts. We recommend they have participated in developing the PB. Typically five people. I call them the Business Stakeholders and the Product Owner. The […]

Wide-band delphi estimation for Business Value – 1

Many, many teams and I have been doing wide-band delphi estimation of Business Value for several years now. Let me report how we do it. It helps build success in many ways, so you are likely to find these patterns useful. In fact, as far as we can tell, it is more successful than any […]

Wideband Delphi estimation

This has been a commonplace idea for many people for decades, used in Agile for estimating effort for at least one decade and only talked about in Agile for estimating Business Value for a few years. See Wikipedia’s article here. See James Grenning’s article here.

Question: Re Estimating with Story Points…

Dolores asks: Hi Joe – …I have always been taught that story points should never be compared to time measurements. However, we were using 1 story point = a day or a day and a half of work to estimate initial team velocity. One of the questions we often get about scrum is how do points […]

9 Key Statements about Estimating

I won’t explain them now, but here’s the summary… Estimations can be mis-used by some managers (and have been).  Watch out! Customers want some kind of estimate. (Ask for details about the kind of estimate they want.) There is a trade-off between the time it takes to estimate and relative accuracy.  Keep it shorter (usually) […]

Can the Team promise a date?

I think this is an important question. To promise? Umm.  What does a promise mean?  Can Joe Namath promise a Super Bowl victory? (He said ‘guarantee’… and, oddly, his Jets team did actually win it.) *** Let’s say you have a fairly big project, that maybe requires 3 releases that happen every 3 months.  So, […]