During my novice apprenticeship, my iteration planning meetings (IPMs) with Rylan typically consisted of some code review, conversation, and high-level scoping out of tasks for the following week. As a resident apprentice, however, our IPMs are becoming more formal and will increasingly resemble the IPMs the craftsmen have with our clients. IPMs are crucial for consultancies like 8th Light—they are the primary interactions between the two parties working together, not to mention being directly concerned with the always-important issues of time and money. As someone who has always valued honest, transparent communication, I look forward to developing my ability to explicitly define and describe my work, and estimate its value, over the course of my residency at 8th Light. Here are some thoughts about keeping IPMs productive and valuable for both sides.