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This week, Dan Neumann is joined by Eric Landes to explore the ways in that Rolling Wave Planning can help organizations in their Agile journey. In this episode, Dan and Eric explore the meaning of rolling wave planning and how it can help you respond to changes when delivering projects with high amounts of uncertainty.
What is Rolling Wave Planning?
It consists in planning a piece that is known and understood at the present moment and rolling the other parts into the future.
Not planning at all is a misunderstanding of what Agility is.
Rolling wave planning involves looking into the future where everyone can see the plan and how it is adjusting.
Rolling Wave Planning and its connection to stakeholder management:
Rolling Wave Planning in a large organizations equals to multiple teams and even numerous product lines.
Agilists plan things and make informed decisions.
A programmed increment mechanism is similar to rolling wave planning.
Getting started with a Rolling Wave:
It is not enough to just bring people together and start. You need to do something before sprinting.
Can you deliver value in every Sprint? The best practice is to do some planning, but not too much, when looking ahead at how that value is going to be delivered.
It is essential not to over-plan for the future; there are many aspects you are not going to be able to predict.
Making sure you don’t get lost in the Rolling Wave:
Use some of the constructs within Scrum; first of all, identify your definition of done, and what risks you should mitigate.
Keep the alignment with organizational goals.
Mentioned in this Episode:
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win, by Jocko Willink
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