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Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Five Levels of Planning in Scrum

In agile methods, a team gets work through iteration planning. Due to the shortness of the iteration a planning gains importance than an actual plan. The disadvantage of iteration planning when applied to projects that run for more then a few iterations or with multiple teams is that view of long term implications of iteration activities can be lost. In other words: the view of ‘the project as a whole’ is lost.

Planning activities for large-scale development efforts should rely on five levels

• Product Vision
• Product Roadmap
• Release Plan
• Sprint Plan
• Daily Commitment

Five Levels of Planning

Each of the five levels of planning help us address fundamental planning principles of priorities, estimates and commitments.

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