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Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn

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Chapter 18. Planning the Multiple-Team Project

“Do the planning, but throw out the plans.”

—Mary Poppendieck

Agile teams are often described as having no more than seven to ten developers. Teams of this size can accomplish quite a bit, especially with an agile process that allows and encourages them to become more productive. However, there are some projects in which we’d like to bring a larger team to bear on the project. Rather than establishing a single 100-person team, the agile approach is to create multiple smaller teams. An agile project may have a dozen smaller teams instead of a single 100-person team.

In this chapter, we will take what we’ve learned in previous chapters and apply it to the challenge of planning a project comprising ...

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