Agile Scrum Tracer Bullet RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello everyone,

    Kindly, what is the exact meaning of Tracer Bullet in Agile Scrum, and what is the difference between Tracer Bullet and Spike?

    I have read many webpages that describes Tracer Bullet but the real meaning is not clear, I need a real situation that explains that term (Tracer Bullet)

    Thanks in advance.

    Friday, February 20, 2015 12:00 PM


  • Spike is a time boxed period used to research a concept and/or create a simple prototype, in order to secure budget, expand knowledge, and/or produce a proof of concept.

    The Tracer Bullet is a spike with the current architecture, current technology set, current set of best practices which results in production quality code. It might just be a very narrow implementation of the functionality but is not throw away code. It is of production quality and the rest of the iterations can build on this code. The name has military origins as ammunition that makes the path of the bullet visible, allowing for corrections. Often these implementations are a 'quick shot' through all layers of an application, such as connecting a single form's input field to the back-end, to prove the layers will connect as expected.

    Friday, February 20, 2015 12:23 PM