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A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum by Matthew Ganis, Steffan Surdek, Elizabeth Woodward

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Chapter 3. Starting a Scrum Project

In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Scrum includes three levels of planning: Release Planning, Sprint Planning, and Daily Scrums. The Release Plan shows what stakeholders can expect from the completed project, how the teams will work together, and what progress they can expect at the end of each of the Sprints that make up the release (Schwaber 2004).

The Release Plan focuses on how the team will turn the vision for the project into a winning product by identifying goals, Product Backlog priorities, risks, features, and functionality. Every Sprint Review and Sprint Planning meeting provides an opportunity to adjust the Release ...

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