Come and learn how to balance flexibility and stability as reflections of each other through the art of Agile release planning; This session will provide attendees with a new perspective on planning releases along with a few techniques and best practices that can be introduced to project teams immediately to encourage rational planning and logical thinking. The session begins with an emphasis on the importance of release planning in Agile and highlights the benefits of doing it right. The presentation also covers an activity for attendees to discuss and share individual experiences on planning releases and recommends a few guard rails derived from several industry best practices and pitfalls many teams have experienced in the past. The core of this presentation consists of a walkthrough of a few tried and tested release planning techniques that will empower the audience to broaden their approach to release planning. The session will conclude with guidance to the attendees on steps to apply these techniques in the work environment.

This topic has been presented on multiple occasions to large audiences (avg. size 100 - 150) at several Fortune 100 organizations including Lowe's, CapitalOne, Time Warner Cable, Berkshire Hathaway and has been selected for IIBA DC BA Development Day 2015.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Introduction and Overview (5 min)
  • The Importance of Release Planning (15 min)
  • Guard Rails for Release Planning and Activity (15 min)
  • Release Planning Techniques (15 min)
  • Q&A and close out (10 min)

Learning Outcome

  • Learn the 'What' and 'Why' of Release Planning and the benefits of doing it the Agile way.
  • Experience the basic guard rails for Release Planning through an overview of several industry best practices and potential pitfalls.
  • Walk away from this session with new Agile techniques that can be used with teams to plan releases that encourage logical thinking and a sustainable pace of work.

Target Audience

Project Managers, Product Managers, Leadership, Scrum Masters, Business Analysts, Developers, Testers

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