Chapter 16 Hit the Ground Running

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In agile development, we generally like to do tasks “just in time.” We can’t see around the curves in the road ahead, so we focus on the activities at hand. Then again, we want to hit the ground running when we start each new iteration. That may require a little preparation. Baking is a good analogy here. You decide you want to bake cookies because someone is coming over. Before you start, you make sure you have the right ingredients. If you don’t, you either go buy what you need, or you choose a different kind to make.

Don’t go overboard—if a pre-iteration activity doesn’t save time during the iteration, ...

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