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The Commitment Process

Speaker: Lawrence Ludlow

Duration:40 min

Track: Process

Level: Beginner


Trust is an important part of Agile. Product Owners need to trust that if a team commits to completing a set of Stories within Sprint that the team will deliver on that commitment. Otherwise, if the Product Owner doesn't trust the team to deliver regularly then they may feel compelled to do nasty things like ask for changes mid-Sprint or cram more Stories into the Sprint than the team can handle. But how does a team set itself up for success and earn the Product Owner's trust by ensuring that they don't commit to something that they can't deliver? In this presentation we'll review the various checks and balances built into the Agile planning process that help ensure that Stories assigned to Sprints are properly vetted with the Product Owner and understood by the team before the team commits to building them. This is an example of how a well-implemented Agile process is both rigorous and pragmatic.


Lawrence Ludlow

Lawrence has been using Agile techniques since 2000 to help development teams deliver successful software solutions. As the process guy at Intelliware he helps project teams understand Agile and apply it in a pragmatic way to be better and reduce project delivery risk. Lawrence is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in project management and delivery in multiple technical fields. Lawrence is very active in the local Agile Community and is currently a Director of TAC.