Chapter 18. Release Planning (Longer-Term Planning)

Release planning is longer-term planning that enables us to answer questions like “When will we be done?” or “Which features can I get by the end of the year?” or “How much will this cost?” Release planning must balance customer value and overall quality against the constraints of scope, schedule, and budget. In this chapter I discuss how release planning fits into the Scrum framework and how to perform release planning on both fixed-date and fixed-scope releases.


Every organization must determine the proper cadence for releasing features to its customers (see Figure 18.1).


Figure 18.1. ...

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