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New Post 1/26/2018 4:28 AM
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Agile iteration size pros and cons 

My large multi-year project is moving to Agile and the policy is for agile iterations between 2 and 4 weeks in length.  We are debating which is better to start with - 2 week or 4 week iterations.  Anyone care to reply with pros and cons for each?  Our direct team has little agile experience and we are about evenly split, so I have the task of researching pros and cons of each choice.

 
New Post 4/9/2018 9:24 AM
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Re: Agile iteration size pros and cons 
I have worked on 2 different companies that are moving from waterfall or iterative towards agile. I would recommend 4 wk sprints to start, until everyone (stakeholders to developer and testers) gets the idea how things work. Learning takes time so give yourself the time to get it working before trying to zip through with 2 week sprints.
 
New Post 8/7/2018 2:20 AM
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Re: Agile iteration size pros and cons 

I'd take the view that there are some other important considerations before deciding.

If you are using Scrum then ideally your whole time is looking at a full day lost at end/start of sprint in order to do retrospective and planning for next sprint - so 2 week sprints can definitely be problematic unless that 10% 'lost' time is fully understood and accepted up-front.

However if your team needs to be very responsive to changes because of the nature of your business user base, or just the project itself, then locking yourself down for a full month could be an issue leading to you re-planning your sprint part-way.

 
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