Release Planning with Business Stakeholders
I just posted in the Yahoo group Agile Business the following:
The past 3 (business) days I worked with a team in Atlanta to do release planning with the Business Stakeholders. The business stakeholders were external customers.
I was extremely impressed with the results. I strongly recommend it.
* 15 people (6 pigs, 3 consultants, 6 external customers). Plus me.
* Very beginning (not quite, no prior product backlog at all….’they’ had some discussions and some ideas about a vision). The PO had some ideas about releases, and some ideas about a business opportunity vi-a-vis the competition.
* One day spent ‘level setting’ with all: what is scrum and what is agile estimating and planning? I called this a one-day ‘Scrum’ course. Some were brand new to lean-agile-scrum. Some were very experienced with Scrum.
* 3 releases scoped out
* Pretty good Prod Backlog for Release 1. Less good for R2, R3 — but fairly decent.
* Each story had BVPs and SPs (BV points and Story Points). Well, in R1.
* Vision: done
* Some good discussion about Infrastructure, Architecture and Design (as I call it). But not finalized.
* Work ‘ordered’, eg, including risks, dependencies and other factors.
* Good discussion around notions of CBA (cost-benefit analysis) and Pareto (doing 20% of the effort to get 80% of the cost). Everyone seemed to ‘get it’ in a useful way.
* Good acceptance of adaptive planning ideas (this was the first pass, and it would evolve)
* Everyone felt fairly happy but ‘brain dead’ after 3 days.
* I will share if you are interested.
Questions or thoughts?
Happy to share more if you are interested.
It is a rough post. But I am excited about this and wanted to share it here as well.