Category Archives: Release planning

Agile performance reporting – part 3: Cost control

This blog post is the third one of the Agile Performance Reporting series. 3. Cost control The third controlling process of PMBOK is cost control.  It’s goal is to control the changes that influence the cost baseline. There are 4

Agile performance reporting – part 3: Cost control

This blog post is the third one of the Agile Performance Reporting series. 3. Cost control The third controlling process of PMBOK is cost control.  It’s goal is to control the changes that influence the cost baseline. There are 4

Forget about poker planning

Explaining agile estimating and planning is the hardest part when teaching a class. That’s because people freak out when they hear about story points and relative estimations. Why wouldn’t they? If you’ve ever done a project before in your life,

Forget about poker planning

Explaining agile estimating and planning is the hardest part when teaching a class. That’s because people freak out when they hear about story points and relative estimations. Why wouldn’t they? If you’ve ever done a project before in your life,

Is Quality Negotiable?

Yesterday during the monthly Agile Belgium Drinkup (which is an informal user group meeting), the never-ending discussion “Is Quality Negotiable?” led to some interesting thoughts. Most people in software development have experienced the moment in a project where the quality

Is Quality Negotiable?

Yesterday during the monthly Agile Belgium Drinkup (which is an informal user group meeting), the never-ending discussion “Is Quality Negotiable?” led to some interesting thoughts. Most people in software development have experienced the moment in a project where the quality

An iteration gone astray

Imagine this situation. You’re in the middle of an iteration and your burn down chart shows that at the current pace, your team is not going to finish all that was planned. In most organizations, this means talking to senior

An iteration gone astray

Imagine this situation. You’re in the middle of an iteration and your burn down chart shows that at the current pace, your team is not going to finish all that was planned. In most organizations, this means talking to senior

Visualizing adaptive vs predictive

I’ve been trying to visualize the difference between adaptive and predictive planning. This might be a good summary: Don’t plan too far in the future or you‘re going to miss out on a lot of opportunities.  

Visualizing adaptive vs predictive

I’ve been trying to visualize the difference between adaptive and predictive planning. This might be a good summary: Don’t plan too far in the future or you‘re going to miss out on a lot of opportunities.  

Agile project success factors

This week our team successfully put the first release of our application in production. In scope, in time and in budget.  It doesn’t get better than this. I wanted to share with you what I think were the major success

Agile project success factors

This week our team successfully put the first release of our application in production. In scope, in time and in budget.  It doesn’t get better than this. I wanted to share with you what I think were the major success

Short iterations

When starting a project, one of the choices that have to be made is the iteration length.  While a 4-week iteration feels very short, once in the rhythm, it is quite long.  In a lot of cases, you wish to

Short iterations

When starting a project, one of the choices that have to be made is the iteration length.  While a 4-week iteration feels very short, once in the rhythm, it is quite long.  In a lot of cases, you wish to

Estimating a city trip

Last weekend, I went to visit the city of Paris. With so many things to see and so little time, we decided to make a prioritized list of places to visit. Since this was my very first visit to Paris,

Estimating a city trip

Last weekend, I went to visit the city of Paris. With so many things to see and so little time, we decided to make a prioritized list of places to visit. Since this was my very first visit to Paris,