What's the ideal length of a Sprint for a Sharepoint project?
I find, unless you have a completely automated build + test cycle (with CI setup), then it's extremely challenging to do anything less than 3 (maybe 2 week) sprint and still expect to go live. However, if you are on a greenfield project then it's easier as you don't have to worry about a live infrastructure with a constantly moving target. Has anyone managed to do weekly sprints with SharePoint, against an already existing live SharePoint infrastructure? Mark Jones
Hi Mark. I worked on the project for a year where we had 2 weeks sprints. It was a greenfield project. Team of developers had their own testing environment that was the same as target staging/production environment (we couldn't have access to the target staging/prod environments because of some other reasons). We also had a dedicated build server that produced a build (WSPs and other artefacts) on each check in (Tfs was used for that). We didn't do automated deployments though... At the end of each sprint the cd was burnt and handed over to another team for deployment into target environment(s). We also had to provide deployment guide/scripts and sometimes asked to provide support during deployment process... Denis Shorin
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