What actually happens in sprint planning?
This article will show you the value of sprint planning and how to practice it well. I will walk through three essential concepts for running your sprint planning session.
Planning the sprint is a collaborative process, and each part of the Scrum team has a role to play.
The sprint goal outlines what value the product owner has prioritized for the sprint. While communicating the sprint goal, they will connect it to the previous sprint and probable work for the next sprint.
The product owner stays present throughout sprint planning to answer any questions from the rest of the team. They are also present at the end to hear the team's plan.
The sprint goal tells the team what to do but not how to do it. The development team owns completing the work together and plans how to complete the work together. The team considers who has the skills or knowledge for each product backlog item. They may decide to each take a different part, or they may all swarm around one or two items initially and then decide who will take the remaining items.
The plan helps the team focus and strategize, but they can adjust it as needed. This adjustment happens daily in the standup as the team checks in. They make their progress visible, evaluate where they are and where they need to go and adjust the plan accordingly.
As the dev team plans the sprint, the scrum master is there to help. If the team is getting stuck on what order to tackle what’s in the backlog, the scrum master can remind them they just need to choose how to start because they can adjust as they go. If the team is concerned about a specific PBI or about getting all the work done, then the scrum master may facilitate a pre-mortem to help them identify how the sprint could go awry and plan accordingly.
It’s easy to go overtime in planning, hoping to get everything just right. The Scrum Master helps the team keep to their timebox limit for the meeting, reminding them that they will meet tomorrow for standup and can continue to adjust if needed.
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