Artifacts > Project Management Artifact Set > Iteration Plan
||A time-sequenced set of activities and tasks, with assigned resources, containing task dependencies, for the iteration; a fine-grained plan.|
|Input to Activities:
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The following people use the Iteration Plan:
The Iteration Plan for the upcoming iteration is planned in the current iteration. It is modified as needed during the iteration.
One Iteration Plan is input to the next Iteration Plan. An Iteration Plan is obsolete after the iteration.
The Project Manager is responsible for the integrity of the Iteration Plans.
The Iteration Plan needs to detail what is to be done in a fine-grained way, so that there is little room for fuzziness about the true position or responsibilities at any time. Usually some kind of project planning tool (such as Microsoft® Project) will be used.
This is a fine-grained plan for one iteration. There are often two such plans: one for the current iteration and one under construction for the next iteration.
To define the contents of an iteration you need:
These lists must be ranked. The objectives of an iteration should be aggressive so that when difficulties arise, items can be dropped from the iterations based on their ranks.
Each iteration is concluded by an assessment. For this iteration assessment you assess the results of the iteration relative to the evaluation criteria that were established for the Iteration Plan.
The evaluation criteria are established prior to each iteration and establish goals for the feature set, quality, and performance to be achieved in the iteration. Actual achievement of these goals will vary. For example, on a given iteration, the feature set may be exceeded, quality barely achieved, and performance lacking.
Also, goals may be expressed as minimal and desirable goals. For example,
there may be a required feature set and some desirable features that will be
attempted in this iteration if the speed of development and staffing levels make
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