During a recent LeadingAgile offsite Jeff Vogelsang and Tom Churchwell sat down with Dave Prior to break down the TIES approach of Agile planning that they have bee using with clients. This approach been used to help organizations who need a way to manage long term strategy planning that creates visibility all the way down to the execution level. TIES addresses planning at 4 levels:

  • Themes – Strategic long term goals broken down into time boxes of 1 to 3 quarters.
  • Initiatives – Themes are broken down into elements that collectively address the theme. These are broken down into time boxes of 1 to 3 months.
  • Epics – Initiatives are broken down into Epics which would take between 1 to 3 sprints to deliver.
  • Stories – Epics are broken down into User Stories that are small enough to be completed by a Team within a Sprint, ideally within 1 to 3 days.

In this interview Jeff and Tom explain the different level of planning TIES, how they work and how they can be used to help management understand their capacity to introduce more work.

Contact Info for Jeff Vogelsang

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffvogelsang LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffvogelsang/ Email: jeff.vogelsang@leadingagile.com

Contact Info for Tom Churchwell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tchurchwell LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomchurchwell/ Email: Tom.Churchwell@leadingagile.com

The TIES podcast Tom Churchwell and Dave did previously


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