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Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn

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Chapter 20. Monitoring the Iteration Plan

“Facts are better than dreams.”

—Winston Churchill

In addition to tracking progress toward the high-level goal of a release, it is always helpful to track the development team’s progress toward completing the work of a single iteration. In this chapter, we’ll look at the two tools for iteration tracking: the task board and iteration burndown charts.

The Task Board

A task board serves the dual purpose of giving a team a convenient mechanism for organizing their work and a way of seeing at a glance how much work is left. It is important that the task board (or something equivalent to it) allow the team a great deal of flexibility in how they organize their work. Individuals on an agile team do not sign ...

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