WARNING: The following post talks about “commitments” and “planning” if your agile worldview finds these terms dangerous and unsafe, continue at your own risk. What is Commitment Driven Planning? Commitment Driven Planning (sometimes called Capacity Driven Planning) is a technique that lets a team determine how much work to bring into the sprint based on how much time they have to do said work. What do I need for Commitment Driven Planning?
Setup For this retrospective you’ll need sharpies, post-it notes and a wall, window or whiteboard on which they can be stuck. Setting Expectations At the heart of this retrospective exercise is defining expectations for yourself and your teammates. Start by explaining that on most teams, there are varying expectations. Some people expect different things from different people and from different roles. The exercise as described below is focused on a Scrum team, but the questions could be adapted for any team.
Physical Boards Please I recently started working with a team who had been introduced to scrum as part of their organization’s adoption of agile. Their only experience with scrum was through the lens of a popular agile project management tool that rhymes with alley, as in “After using this software I want to vomit in an alley”. When they had the chance to use a physical board, they jumped on it.