Alpha State Card Reference Guide

Author: Ian Spence

Alpha State Cards Reference Guide This Reference Guide provides a brief introduction to the Alphas and Alpha State Cards. It is designed to support the use the Alpha State Cards by software development teams and, in particular, the games that can be played with them.

The use of the Alphas, and the Alpha State Cards, has many benefits for individuals, teams and organizations. These include helping you to:

  • Understand where you are
  • Understand what needs to be addressed
  • Track progress and health
  • Keep projects in balance and avoid catastrophic failures
  • Form good sprint goals and other objectives
  • Define practice independent checkpoints, milestones and lifecycles

The Alphas are incredibly powerful as they 1) capture the key concepts involved in software engineering, 2) allow the progress and health of any software engineering endeavor to be tracked and assessed, and 3) provide the common ground for the definition of software engineering methods and practices.