Scaling up the Planning Game

Our paper on Scaling up the Planning Game: Collaboration Challenges in Large-Scale Agile Product Development has been accepted at XP conference 2016 in Edinburgh. In this joint work of Felix Evbota, Eric Knauss, Anna Sandberg we discuss how a large-scale agile organization can align views of developers and customers in order to incorporate agile values in their planning. For me, this is a particularly interesting topic because it helps (=is a first step) to understand how customer needs and requirements can and should be communicated in agile organizations.

Title: Scaling up the Planning Game: Collaboration Challenges in Large-Scale Agile Product Development

Abstract: One of the benefits of agile is close collaboration of customer and developer. This ensures good commitment and excellent knowledge flows of information about priorities and efforts. However, it is unclear if this benefit can be leveraged at scale. Clearly, it is infeasible to use practices such as planning game with several agile teams in the room. In this paper, we investigate how a large-scale agile organization manages, what challenges exist, and which opportunities can be leveraged. We found challenges in three areas: (i) the ability to estimate, prioritize, and plan; (ii) the context of planning with respect to working environment, team build-up, and team spirit; and (iii) the ceremonial agreement which promises to allow leveraging abilities in a given context.

Keywords: large-scale agile, planning, collaboration, communication

Pre-Print: EKS2016

Reference: Evbota, F.; Knauss, E. & Sandberg, A.: Scaling up the Planning Game: Collaboration Challenges in Large-Scale Agile Product Development. In: Proceedings of 17th International Conference on Agile Software Development (XP 2016), Sharp, H. (Ed.), Springer, 2016

@INPROCEEDINGS{EKS2016,
 author = {Felix Evbota and Eric Knauss and Anna Sandberg},
 title = {Scaling up the Planning Game: Collaboration Challenges in Large-Scale Agile Product Development},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of 17th International Conference on Agile Software Development (XP 2016)},
 year = {2016},
 editor = {Helen Sharp},
 address = {Edinburgh, UK},
 publisher = {Springer},
 abstract = {One of the benefits of agile is close collaboration of customer and developer. This ensures good commitment and excellent knowledge flows of information about priorities and efforts. However, it is unclear if this benefit can be leveraged at scale. Clearly, it is infeasible to use practices such as planning game with several agile teams in the room. In this paper, we investigate how a large-scale agile organization manages, what challenges exist, and which opportunities can be leveraged. We found challenges in three areas: (i) the ability to estimate, prioritize, and plan; (ii) the context of planning with respect to working environment, team build-up, and team spirit; and (iii) the ceremonial agreement which promises to allow leveraging abilities in a given context.},
 keywords = {large-scale agile, planning, collaboration, communication},
}

 

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