Yesterday’s weather

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The troops are strong and the officers weak. This is called the ‘bow unstrung’.
The officers are strong and the troops weak. This is called ‘dragged down’.
—Sun Tzu, The Art of War.

…you are about to pull work into the upcoming sprint.

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You want the right amount of tension to get things done while learning. teams that finish early accelerate faster and first things first cultivate this healthy tension.


Avoid under-performing (not pulling enough) and over-committing (pulling too much). Pull a little bit less, and certainly no more than the running average of the velocities of the last three sprints into the new sprint. Top it off with an energizing sprint goal.

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