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Extremely Short Iterations as a Catalyst for Effective Prioritization of Work



Mishkin Berteig presents a situation where he proposed to a software development team, which just started to experiment with Scrum, to accept 2-days iterations. The approach was trying to tackle their organizational lack of prioritization resulting in constant crisis. Their decision led to a bigger crisis which exposed the need for task prioritization.


Mishkin Berteig leads, mentors, trains and coaches teams and organizations, managers and executives. He helps organizations become more effective by using methods such as OpenAgile, Scrum and Lean. He has 15 years of professional experience and is a Certified Scrum Trainer. Mishkin is co-founder of Berteig Consulting Inc.

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Sep 24, 2008

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  • Shorter iterations are a good thing...

    by Kevin E. Schlabach,

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    I don't believe shortening iterations is a goal to pursue in the name of agility, but I do believe that shortening iterations forces you to solve problems that in turn makes you more agile.

    It's complete coincidence, but I wrote a post on my blog about shorter iterations hours before this article was published.

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