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Burn Your Burn-down Charts

August 5, 2008 by JurgenAppelo

Burndown In many articles on Scrum, the traditional burn-down chart is still depicted as the preferred method for displaying progress in a sprint or project. However, since the introduction of burn-down charts, several improvements have been suggested by leading authors and experts. I agree with each one of them, and my suggestion to you is to try these ideas, and turn your charting practices completely upside-down!

Fooling Myself with False Velocity

April 21, 2008 by JurgenAppelo

Writing2I'm an idiot, I have fooled myself. I'm usually quite good at fooling others, but this time I have fooled myself. And I did it with what I might call a false velocity.

Velocity Defined
Velocity is the rate at which you complete your work, in a certain period of time. This might refer to the number of stories completed, the number of issues processed, the number of exams passed, the number of kilometers driven, the number of hamburgers baked and served, or (for some guy I know) the number of girls dated and dumped.

The Velocity of Writing a Book
I might have mentioned earlier that I'm trying to write a book. It's a book about managing software development, and the things we can learn from complexity science. Last year I did a lot of research, a tremendous effort that will continue to the end of this year. And I started writing my first pages of text in January this year. I am planning to write around 350 pages in 1.5 years, which equals to an average of 5 pages per week. After 15 weeks I have completed 75 pages of text, which is... 5 pages per week! It's exactly the velocity I need to finish the book as scheduled. Right?

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