Posted on 28, Sep 2010
In this step product owner and development team will try to plan project releases.
SCRUM is based on development in time boxes called Sprint. Sprint is a time needed to complete selected stories (features, bugs, requirements, tasks,…). Length of the sprint is typically 30 days, but it depends on a development strategy and product owner requirements.
Every sprint usually ends with a demo of the work completed. At the end of the sprint the development team shows all completed stories to the product owner, stakeholders, management and to anyone who is interested in. These stories are also typically shipped to product owner.
Customers get a product version shipped in one or more releases. Release contains completed work of the one or more sprints.
In SCRUM are all the sprint stories released typically in one release. ScrumDesk enables to develop more releases in one sprint. To support this advantage feature, ScrumDesk support Planning matrix.
Planning matrix is a matrix of the releases and sprints. Every cell is storyboard filled with stories that will be shipped in given release and developed in time of the sprint.
|Release A||Release B|
|Sprint 1||Sprint 2||Sprint 3|
|Completed||Completed||To Do||Checked Out||Solved||Completed|
Product owner needs to know details of the release plan. Release plan is plan of dates when completed product version will be shipped to customers.
As example, we are going to release RSS Reader in two releases, one called Release A (alpha) and second release called Final release.
Release planning in ScrumDesk is supported in view Planning. After the start, top row is displaying Product Backlog stories that are unassigned to any sprint (we don’t have stories yet, so its empty).
Bottom row displays sprint selected in combo box.
No release is created by default. To create new release, log in as Product Owner. Only product owner (and Scrum Master in case of the problems) can create new release.
Click on New link on the right upper corner in Backlog row.
Release dialog will appears. Enter release name, description and estimated date of the release. At the bottom of the dialog will be automatically calculated statistics for this release.
Close the Release dialog and look on the timeline. Small black rectangle will appears indicating newly created release. Clicking on this rectangle marker, Release dialog details will be displayed.
Now lets create second, and the final, release of the RSS Reader sample.
In release combo box you can see all defined releases and extra items to easy filtering stories unassigned to some of the release or all the stories.