We were recently talking about the backlog of user stories for a project on the near horizon. We wanted to create an exemplary backlog with meaningful stories that would allow the team to succeed. The backlog should also show the less technical side of the organisation that they needn’t deliver all functionality in one large push. When the question of which story to tackle first came up, “do the most important thing” didn’t feel good enough.
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Over the last year, I have attended 3 or 4 Release Train Planning (RTP) meetings. In these meetings, the entire team came together and planned out the next release. A release is roughly a three month period, made up of 6 two-week iterations. The way these meetings are run is that the objective of a given release is introduced by a business representative and teams break down the work into stories which are mapped against the 6 iterations.
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Felipe Sere

Software Crafter at 8th Light London

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