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A Checklist for your Planning Meeting

Checklists?

What do construction, aviation, and internal medicine have in common? They all manage tremendous complexity that has in the last 100 years far surpassed the capacity of any individual to learn despite decades of education and training. Yet major building collapses are extremely rare, flying is the safest way to travel, and surgeons…well, they perform miracles.

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A Responsible Recipe for the Fewest Possible Meetings

Meetings are crucial to healthy team communication. But they’re also opportunities for waste, occasionally dull, and always expensive. Every team is different, but continuing the theme of “Convention over configuration for process”, I’ve found the following structure keeps meetings to ~7.5% of your week.

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Storyation Workshop: How to get business stakeholders to create stories

I read Lean From the Trenches last weekend and it was great.  Not because it provided black and white protocols for running an agile product development team, but rather because it showed how a real team operates under real conditions.

I want to focus this post on a quote from the book:

The definition of “ready for development” can be achieved only if all specialties work together to estimate features, break them into small enough deliverables without losing too much customer value, and to agree on acceptance tests.

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Running an IPM

I’m going to take a break from my blog posts on metrics, and was thinking I’d focus more on process.  An Iteration Planning Meeting (IPM) is core to an agile process and provides the opportunity for the product owner(s) to communicate the vision for the upcoming Iteration.

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