08 dec Agile Advent Calendar – 11 December
An Advent Calendar is a special calendar that counts the days to remind us that Christmas is approaching. This year we are counting down by sharing Practices for that might benefit you as Agile coach, Scrum master or Agile practitioner. Today’s tip is:
Tip 11: Ensure features can be completed within e.g. a quarter.
I had discussion with my fellow agile coaches about this one. What we agreed on was that features (or Epics) should be small in size so they can be completed during a sprint and progress is evident and clear. We had some disagreement on whether we should put a time restrain on them. I am a fan of stating that, as a rule of thumb, they should be completed in the quarter. But I agree that the rule should not lead away from the understanding why it is important. I have been in organizations that were “working on items” rather than “completing items”. One of the POs explained me why:” We’ll never will finish these features this period, because they are too much work.” Since the only progress is measured by completed features, like the agile manifesto says, ensure that your features are of a workable size.