Calibrating Planning in Agile
"In times of battle I have found that plans are useless but planning is everything" - Dwight Eisenhower
The pursuit of agility often rests at the center of a finely balanced scale of predictability and adaptability. While one may compete with the other in the latter, together they may foster flexibility at its highest aspiration. Teams regularly leverage Release planning as a preliminary meet up in an attempt to achieve such a capability. However, most fail to comprehend that the true value of this activity is not as much in strategy as it is in tactics. Release planning is not a one-time meeting but a recurring activity for empirically pursuing certainty in an uncertain locale. Attend this session to gain a new perspective on the tactics of Release Planning along with a few best practices gathered from years of working in a variety of agile/agile like environments.
This talk will demonstrate a few real world instances as evidence to showcase why Release planning should be treated as an ongoing activity and what can happen when it is ignored. The core of this presentation will be a walkthrough of three tried and tested Release Planning techniques that will empower the audience to broaden their approach to Release Planning. The session will conclude with specific guidance to the attendees on steps to apply these techniques in the work environment.
The Project Box: Beyond the Triple ConstraintAlan Zucker
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Traditionally, project managers are told to optimize scope subject to constraints on time, cost, and quality. This is embodied in the expression, “better, faster, cheaper—choose two.” The phrase has become a rhetorical distraction to effective project management. It presumes a magic bullet; if you can precisely balance the constraints you will be successful. In reality, the triple constraint poses a calculus problem that has no tangible solution.
The project box introduces a new and better paradigm for describing the interaction of time, cost, quality, and scope for many software projects—particularly Agile projects. The project box simplifies the calculus of managing the project constraints:
- Duration is set,
- Scope is time-boxed and negotiable,
- Quality is both time-boxed and imperfections are expected, and
- Cost is proportional to duration.
The project box represents a paradigm shift for managing software projects. It recognizes the primacy of time and reorients the other dimensions accordingly. To traditionalists, the project box provides a new worldview for managing time, scope, quality and cost. To Agilests, it provides a better representation of their principles and replaces the inverted triangle.