New Resource Page for Agile Requirements

In order to aggregate content for my upcoming book Agile Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs and the Enterprise, I’ve built a new resource page at the “Agile Requirements (the book)” tab above. I’ve also aggregated the currently relevant, public content there.


New Whitepaper: A User Story Primer

In an earlier  post, I announce my latest book project, Agile Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs and the Enterprise, and noted that I’d be sending out snippets for review (and hopefully use by others) during the project. Of course, you can’t write about agile requirements without writing about user stories, and although I’ve blogged a bit on this topic in the past, I’ve never taken the time to describe them in  the depth that would be appropriate for the book. While writing the chapter, Pete Behrens (a friend and Certified Scrum Trainer) decided to dive in with me and co-author that Chapter.

We thought it might be useful to others, so we’ve published it whitepaper form: User Story Primer_1

You can also find it on the Resource page.

Comments are always welcome.

Fun with Release Planning

Enterprise release planning is my favorite (business!) activity. Put all the right people in a room for a day or two, fuel them with caffeine and sugar. Present the strategy. Convert the strategy to vision and a set of the next-release objectives. Understand the impact of architectural refactors. Acknowledge deadlines that exist prior to even entering the session. Factor that against the teams actual velocity for new development. Look at the technical debt pile. Discuss and debate. Heat…smoke…then hopefully …light!

Wow, that can be fun. Fresh off her most recent release planning session, Jennifer Fawcett ( muses on her recent experiences on her blog at Agile Release Planning Musings. I don’t know for sure how it went, but I’m told that her boss took her out for many drinks afterward. Could have been to celebrate.  Could have been simple encouragement to come back into work the next day.  Check it out; might even be a few chuckles in it for you.