Release Criteria Define What "Done" Means

Want to make sure you complete your project as early as possible? Define release criteria. Release criteria are the few critically important objective criteria that define what “done” means for your project. Sometimes, it’s a combination of date, defects, and feature completion. Sometimes it’s just the date. The formula for defining release criteria is: Define …

Web Business Under Pressure: Using Requirements to Create Release Criteria

© 2000 Johanna Rothman. The push to web-ify your business can feel overwhelming, especially when senior management is already demanding to know whether it is ready and when it will be released. If your organization is struggling and does not want to review all of the requirements in detail to get a project moving, you …

Agile Milestone Criteria for Projects and Programs

You’ve got interdependencies across the organization for a given project or program to release a product. You can see demos. That’s not the problem. You need enough insight or prediction to start the marketing campaign or to create training videos or product documentation. You need some kind of milestone criteria so you know you can complete …

Making Release Frictionless, a Business Decision, Part 2

In Part 1, I talked about small stories/chunks of work, checking in all the time so you could build often and see progress. That assumes you know what done means. Project “done” means release criteria. Here are some stories about how I started using release criteria. Back in the 70s, I worked in a small development group. …

What Lifecycle or Agile Approach Fits Your Context? Part 1, Serial Lifecycles

Are you trying to make an agile framework or approach work? Maybe you have technical or schedule risk. Maybe you’ve received a mandate to “go agile.” Maybe you’d like to experiment with better ways of working. Or, maybe you’re trying to fit an agile framework into your current processes—and you’ve got a mess. You’re not …