Join SUGSA Cape Town on 2 February when we have Release Planning with Scrum: Controlling the Chaos.
When: 2 February 2012, 6:00PM
Topic: Release Planning with Scrum: Controlling the Chaos
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Allan Gray Portswood office in the Presentation Room on the third floor. You can download a map here. Everyone parking in the Portswood parking area will have to pay for their own parking tickets. There is also parking available in Beach Road.
The Agile Manifesto tells us that we should be responding to change over following a plan. This encourages us to plan into the future at the last responsible moment. But we still may need a plan. A plan can help inform our customers what may be in the next release or by when their favourite feature may appear. They can help inform stakeholders on the cost of the current focus and hence whether the investment makes sense at this time. These are Good Things for a business. The essence of agile planning is to understand that the plan may change. The plan must be reassessed for validity every time new data comes into the system – usually at the end of a sprint. Plans often allow us to appear more certain than we may actually be. The hardest part with planning in Scrum is ensuring that everyone understands that things change and we will respond as soon as they do. Effective agile planning allows us to more reliably respond to the changing business and market needs as early as possible.
In this talk I will discuss some of the techniques that I have used over the last couple of years to do release planning. I’ll touch on of some of the things that have worked for me and some that haven’t. The ideas will range from some simple maths, to reporting release progress through a release burnup and overviews, to the how to deal with change and ensuring that people understand what it means. I hope by the end of the talk I will have shared some ideas and generated some conversation around controlling the chaos that can surround a software development release.
About Patrick Vine:
I started my career more than a decade ago at Microsoft in Redmond. Since then I’ve moved through different companies as developer, architect and manager in diverse technologies and industries. I first started to dabble in Scrum a couple of years back while working at Yellowtail Software where I helped the roll out of Scrum. While there I gained an appreciation for how well you can manage software using Scrum. I’ve worked on Fixed Price, Fixed Team, Fixed Budget projects. I am passionate about working with Scrum, learning more about software development and helping teams get better on a daily basis.