Agile Smells: Iteration Zero

Photo by Steve Rotman

Photo by Steve Rotman

I've never been a fan of Iteration Zero as a thing.  (The only thing worse, in my opinion, is Iteration H, where H stands for "hardening!").  Teams should be able to start work right away, and the need for an Iteration Zero is a smell--something about the organization delays the team in being ready to start work.  Not cool, organization!

Johanna Rothman has a fantastic article on Iteration Zero posted on Gantthead that I think does an excellent job explaining how a proper (less smell-y) Iteration Zero should be used.

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.