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Scrum For Dummies by Mark C. Layton

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Chapter 5

Release and Sprint Planning

In This Chapter

arrow Developing the roadmap into release plans

arrow Applying the scrum sprint cycle

arrow Planning your sprints for maximum effectiveness

arrow Utilizing the sprint backlog

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system.

— John Gall

Release and sprint planning is really where the rubber hits the road. As I’ve mentioned before, with scrum, you’ll do more planning than ever before, but it’s focused, results oriented, and packaged such that you’ll wonder how you ever managed projects without it.

In this chapter, you find out how to plan the release of project features in a logical and organized way. The purpose of release planning is to mobilize the wider project team around a specific set of functionality that the organization wants to release to the marketplace. This is when such departments or stakeholders as the marketing department, field support, and customer ...

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