Saturday, February 23, 2008

No More Iterations?

Here is an interesting thought: What if we could make iterations so short that each "iteration" contains only one story? What if we drop the term iteration altogether once we are there?

How would the development approach look like? Wayne Allen describes in his post what he tried with his team.

What would be the benefits?

Well, you might not need to think again about how to assign engineers to teams. Just create you teams once and then give each of them a board with a backlog that has a small number of slots. Once the team has finished one story you can add another one.

You can save the iteration planning sessions thus saving valuable engineering time.

By measuring how many stories each team can process per time unit (think nano-projects?) you might get to the point that you have a metric that you can use to measure through-put.

I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like something I would want to take a closer look at.

1 comment:

Wayne Allen said...

Thanks for reading. I'll be posting some of our actual numbers in the future, keep your eyes open.

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