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Iterations: The heartbeat of delivery

Iterations, or sprints, are at the heart of an agile project. They’re short, time-boxed periods in which the team organise and manage themselves. In essence, there are three parts to each iteration:

• The product owner asks for something of value to be done.

• In a short period of time, it is done.

• It is shown to the product owner to confirm that it’s been done to his satisfaction.

Feedback, along with the ability to adjust to change as we go, is key.

This requires a spirit of collaboration and transparency. For every iteration, the team showcase is completed, and you get release-ready functionality. By keeping iterations short, the team avoids undertaking activities that may never be required. As the product ...

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