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.
Who is this Squerister?

Derk-Jan de Grood

Derk-Jan de Grood works as an Agile transition coach for Squerist. As a consultant, he helps organizations with their Agile transformation and embedding quality. He’s an experienced trainer and he wrote several successful books. He published “Agile in the real world – Starting with Scrum”. On his blog (, he shares his knowledge and experience for everyone to benefit.

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Wie is deze Squerister?

Derk-Jan de Grood

Derk-Jan heeft in zijn carrière uiteenlopende opdrachten uitgevoerd en organisaties geholpen op het gebied van Agile. Bij zijn werk stimuleert en faciliteert hij medewerkers en opdrachtgevers om ons vakgebied zo goed mogelijk toe te passen.

Met zijn oog voor zowel de techniek als de mens brengt Derk-Jan organisaties verder.

Naast zijn werk bij onze opdrachtgevers is Derk-Jan regelmatig namens Squerist te vinden als spreker op nationale & internationale conferenties, heeft hij een eigen blog en heeft hij diverse boeken en artikelen gepubliceerd.

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