Scrum-and-XP-from-the-Trenches#05: Release Planning & Scrum with XP

In this session we will cover the following:

PART TWELVE – How we do Release Planning and Fixed-Price Contracts

  • Define your Acceptance Thresholds
  • Time-estimate the most important items
  • Estimate Velocity
  • Put it Together into a Release Plan
  • Adapting the Release Plan

PART THIRTEEN – How we combine Scrum with XP

  • Pair programming
  • Test-driven development (TDD)
  • Incremental design
  • Continuous integration
  • Collective code ownership
  • Informative workspace
  • Coding Standard
  • Sustainable pace/energized work


Next session isA, we will talk about PART FOURTEEN – How we Do Testing.

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Scrum-and-XP-from-the-Trenches Session#02: Sprint Planning

In the last session, we covered part 1 and 2 from the book. We talked about the basic requirements for Scrum and how to make the product backlog. You can check it from the following link:

Scrum-and-XP-from-the-Trenches Session#01: Intro & Backlog

In the 2nd session, we will cover the following:

PART THREE – How we prepare for sprint planning

PART FOUR – How we do sprint planning

  • Sprint Planning Meeting Purpose.
  • Sprint Planning Meeting Concrete Output.
  • Why the product owner has to attend?
  • Why quality is not negotiable?
  • Sprint-planning-meeting agenda.
  • Defining the sprint length and goal.
  • Deciding which stories to include in the sprint.
  • How can product owner affect which stories make it to the sprint?
  • How does the team decide which stories to include in the sprint?
  • Why we use Index Cards?
  • Definition of “Done”
  • Time estimating using Planning Poker
  • Clarifying Stories
  • Breaking down Stories into Smaller Stories
  • Breaking down Stories into Tasks
  • Defining Time and Place for the Daily Scrum
  • Tech Stories
  • Bug Tracking System vs. Product Backlog
  • Sprint Planning Meeting is Finally Over!

Next session covers the following:

  • PART FIVE – How we Communicate Sprints
  • PART SIX – How we do Sprint Backlogs
  • PART SEVEN – How we Arrange the Team Room
  • PART EIGHT – How we Do Daily Scrums

Scrum-and-XP-from-the-Trenches Session#03: Sprint Backlog & Daily Scrum

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Scrum-and-XP-from-the-Trenches Session#01: Intro & Backlog

Within our knowledge transfer activities that held up in the team, I’ve been asked to prepare a session about Scrum so that the whole team can get familiar with Scrum and be able to apply it.

I decided to talk about Scrum via a book called Scrum-and-XP-from-the-Trenches by Henrik Kniberg. It’s a free book and you can download it from here.

This book includes:

  • Practical tips and tricks for most Scrum and XP practices
  • Typical pitfalls and how they were addressed
  • Diagrams and photos illustrating day-to-day work
  • Testing and test-driven development
  • Scaling and coordinating multiple teams
  • Dealing with resistance from inside and outside the team
  • Planning and time estimation techniques

We already had 8 sessions that cover this book from start to end. I told myself why not make those sessions public and share them with you hoping that it may help you to start applying Scrum in your team.

In our first session we will cover the following:

  • Basic requirements for Agile iterative development
  • Teams need to know Scrum basics
  • The Nokia standards for Scrum
  • Focus on Getting Things Done
  • PART ONE – Intro
    • What is Scrum?
  • PART TWO – How we do product backlogs
    • Stories Main Fields
    • Additional Story Fields
  • How we keep the product backlog at a business level

Next session covers the following:

  • PART THREE – How we prepare for sprint planning
  • PART FOUR – How we do sprint planning

Scrum-and-XP-from-the-Trenches Session#02: Sprint Planning

Thanks and always keep it simple & straightforward 🙂