Real scopes moving uphill
Here are three snapshots from a real project. In the first two snapshots we see four scopes moving uphill: Bucket Access, Recording Access, Posting Permissions, and Access/Edit Old Clientside. Note how unique and specific the names of the scopes are.
In the second snapshot (2018-01-16), Recording Access and Bucket Access have moved further uphill. At the same time, the number of outstanding tasks has actually increased. That’s because as the team learned (reduced uncertainty) they discovered more details.
A month later
Closer to the end of the project, all of the most important scopes are over the hill. But new work was also discovered along the way. That’s why a new list of scopes lies waiting at the left side of the hill. The team had to choose which things to push over the hill first and which things could wait. Most of these late-game scopes were smaller things. The team was careful to attack the hardest problems first. But even small things start at the left side of the hill to reflect whether or not they’ve actually been solved.