3. Product Ownership

The single hardest part of building a software system is deciding precisely what to build.1

—Frederick Brooks,Mythical Man-Month

Figure 3-1: Edison patented the light bulb in 1880, but it has gone through more design change in the past 20 years than in the prior 100 years. The compact fluorescent at the right is just one of the unforeseeable evolutions of the original.2


The preceding chapter focused heavily on what happens inside the cycle of the sprint and how the team can manage tasks and activities with Team Foundation Server (TFS). Of course, the sprint starts with a product backlog, and on the first day, the team commits ...

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