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8.3. Determining the Next State in Our Story

Once the team had agreed on the current alpha states, the team discussed what the next desired “target” states were to guide its planning. The team agreed to use the immediate next alpha states to help establish the objectives of the next iteration. These are shown in Figure 8-3.

Figure 8.3

Figure 8-3. The selected next states

In most cases, the name of the alpha state itself provides sufficient information to understand the state. But if needed, team members can find out more by reading the alpha state checklist. By going through the states one by one for each alpha, a team quickly gets familiar with what is required to achieve each state. In this way the team learns about the kernel alphas at the same time as they determine their current state of development and their next target states.

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