Iterative vs. Incremental—How Your Backlog Makes (or Break) Agility
Agile is an incremental and iterative approach to delivering value to our customers. But too often, we assume it’s just about ways to slice work into smaller batch sizes and that both approaches are fundamentally equivalent. However, there is a crucial difference and getting the balance wrong frequently results in projects and teams that are AINO (Agile In Name Only) - often without even realizing it! In this session, Mathias Eifert will discuss how to differentiate between incremental and iterative approaches, their strengths and weaknesses, and why you really need both. He will explore how iterative thinking shapes the core of agile practices, helps us manage today’s complex challenges, and is a prerequisite to moving your mindset from “doing” agile to truly being agile. Mathias will highlight the practical implications of each approach by discussing real-world scenarios, highlighting common agile anti-patterns and (re)examining familiar story slicing patterns. Attendees will walk away with both a better understanding of one of the most important underlying principles of agility and immediately applicable insights for your daily work!