AoAD2 Chapter: Planning (Introduction)

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Agile is adaptive, not predictive. It’s one of the things that sets Agile apart—the very source of its name!—and one of the biggest culture shocks for organizations new to Agile. And nowhere is it more apparent than in the way Agile teams plan their work.

This chapter has the practices you need to effectively make and adapt your plans. Because adaptive planning can take time for organizations to accept, it also discusses how to make predictive plans with an Agile team.

  • “Stories” on page XX helps your team plan their work in small, customer-centric pieces.

  • “Adaptive Planning” on page XX balances adaptability with predictability to focus your team’s plans on value.

  • “Visual Planning” on page XX creates plans that communicate context and options.

  • “The Planning Game” on page XX creates a detailed plan for guiding your team’s next steps.

  • “Real Customer Involvement” on page XX allows your team to include customers’ perspectives in their plans.

  • “Incremental Requirements” on page XX determines requirements details just before they’re needed.

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