Agile Notes (No. 6)

Every week, on Fridays, I will send out an email highlighting a concept relating to Agile/Scrum/Continuous Improvement. Here we go…..

We are continuing with some notes from The ART of Avoiding a Train Wreck by Em Campbell-Pretty and Adrienne L. Wilson. ART is short for Agile Release Train and is a concept from Scaled Agile.

Scaled Agile (SAFe) provides more detail on epic/story creation and backlog creation and grooming. The authors reference two documents: Architecture on a Page and Solution on a Page. They do not provide templates for either but Em Campbell-Pretty assures me they are working on it. Meanwhile here is a link to a template for a “One Pager” - I have used this and versions of it in the past as a One Page Business Plan or Solution on a Page.

It is a starting point for any discussion on creating a new product/service/solution. It is meant to capture the highlights. Details would ideally flow from a discussion about the SoaP (Solution on a Page).

I am a big fan of documentation. I like to work from a map whether it is a SoaP or an Architectural/Design document. You MUST get thoughts and ideas out of everyone’s heads and into some kind of document. Even if it is only a picture capturing a network architecture from a white board. Your team NEEDS a shared/common starting point.

PLEASE, feel free to comment about sections you use or would like to see on the template.

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