What do you do when the business puts you under pressure to start a new project or business process and you don’t have the information you need to get going?

Iteration Zero is a great idea if you have a new team that need to orient to Scrum methodology or you have a large project that needs research or specialist equipment.

The concept is simply that you plan out what will be required to start the project. There may be a situation where an Iteration Zero is required to build the Product Backlog before starting the process of estimating and prioritising.

Peter Schuh has an excellent review of Iteration Zero, which also covers support and refactoring:


If you utilise Iteration Zero, let me know how it goes.