Get to grips with the core elements of planning in agile product management
Agile planning in product development with scrum has three main horizons. The first is daily planning, otherwise known as daily scrum planning. Within daily planning there are a few key things you’ll want to keep track of to get most out of it.
“Agile planning with scrum involves far more planning than sticking to plans compared to sequential ways of working.”
Sprint planning, otherwise known as iteration planning, allows you to plan the items for the coming team sprint. The key to successful planning is to create concise and engaging goals to stimulate the team’s intrinsic motivators and desire to realise a milestone of the product or service on the roadmap.
To do that, the following questions must be asked of the work:
For more on Sprint Planning I invite you to check out the article dedicated to it.
Last but not least is agile ‘release’ planning. In an era of continuous integration & deployment we can release anytime. So the release level in terms of planning refers to milestones on the product roadmap. Looking at your product roadmap, you’ll need to ask yourself questions at regular intervals to ensure your work remains in alignment with the bigger picture:
Agile release planning involves asking these questions and evaluating your current situation in relation to the bigger picture.
I hope the video and tips above help you to understand the three main horizons of agile planning and compartmentalise them so that you can execute each of them more effectively. Once you do, you’ll be able to more accurately assess the team’s performance as well as the product’s performance according to the bigger product picture.
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