Archive for the ‘Velocity’ Category

To Split or Not to Split, It’s Really Complicated.

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At our most recent sprint review, a team I’m coaching completed all but three stories. So at sprint review, we were trying to decide what to do with the stories and whether to move them into planning or split them. All three stories had outside dependencies. All three had completed tasks and two of them […]

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An Aggressive But Realistic Delivery Date?

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I recently received an email asking about release planning. The sender wanted help understanding how to move ideas through the flow to create a mature backlog. The note went on to ask how to properly “estimate, prioritize and reach an aggressive but realistic delivery date”. My immediate thought was, this is agile: total project story […]

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Estimating Placeholder Stories is a Bad Practice

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Placeholder stories, in general, are a bad idea. Estimating placeholder stories to reserve capacity or to get credit is a very bad idea. Define “Placeholder Stories” Of course, all stories are “placeholders for a conversation”, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I am also not talking about things like “Refactor the such-n-such class as we start work on […]

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Don’t Give Partial Credit

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What do you do with stories that don’t finish before the end of the sprint? Do we get partial credit? I’m asked that a lot. Everyone wants to know whether to split the story and what to do with the points. Don’t give partial credit for unfinished stories or make untestable splits. Don’t Bother Splitting […]

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Don’t Estimate Stories In Sprint Planning

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This is part three in a series on estimating. Part one was “Don’t Estimate Software Defects” and Part two was “Don’t Estimate Spikes”. I don’t estimate stories in sprint planning. Nor do I re-estimate stories in sprint planning. I estimate stories in a separate estimating meeting and usually at least a couple sprints in advance, […]

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