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Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products by Jim Highsmith

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Chapter 8. The Adapt and Close Phases

Progress

“Hi, Maya,” Herman said as she picked up the phone. “Ready for another round?”

“Sure, fire away,” Maya replied.

“I’m struggling with tracking progress using agile practices. I don’t see accountability. When things change during an iteration, you just replan. When developers don’t meet their estimates, you change velocity. How can management have any confidence in project status?”

“Mainly because in every iteration we deliver features that are tangible evidence of progress. Whether management likes the results or not, they are confident in our status,” said Maya.

“My management just wants to see budget and schedule reports,” said Herman.

“But how can they really know your status if they ...

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