I think I’m seeing a pattern here. For the second year in a row a blight of sick days has swept the office in the second half of February. Currently, we have multiple teams sorting through their iteration backlogs to account for and replan missed commitments.
This raises an interesting question. Next February, do I ask the project managers to account for potential sick days (basically, commit to less) in their iteration and release planning activities?
Perhaps that’s taking things too far. But I’m going to be on the lookout for this one next winter.