Introducing Deliberate Discovery

Dan North & Associates

Last year I wrote about how we are doing planning all wrong, or rather, how we seem to focus on the wrong things when we do planning. We obsess about stories and story points and estimation, because that’s what we’ve been taught to do. It reminds me of the story about a man who comes across a drunk standing under a street lamp at night time, staring at the floor. The drunk says he’s looking for his lost keys, and the man says: well they are obviously not here under the lamp or we would see them. No, replies the drunk, I dropped them over there, but it’s dark over there so I decided to search over here instead.

Our street lamp is the Planning Game, which involves writing Stories and Estimating, using Planning Poker or other Estimation Techniques (everything in caps appears in the Agile Literature, and so…

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