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Confession time: how many of the sprint planning basics does your team do?

Kat Marketplace Partner Oct 01, 2019

As part of the The Agile Coach - What is Scrum playlist, there is a video on Sprint Planning Basics

The 3-step process used at Atlassian involves:

  1. Backlog grooming
  2. Sprint planning meeting (1 hour for every week of the sprint duration)
  3. Creating action items

Does this resemble what your team does?

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I'd score my team X X X right now for following this process. That just means like many of you our agile adoption process is iterative!


How does your team plan sprints?

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Jimmy Seddon Community Leader Oct 01, 2019

I work as a part of a team of three.  The work we do is 99% operations with 1% administrative overhead.  We tried following full Scrum and decided that for the size of team and how often our planned work can (and needs to be) interrupted for critical issues that a "ScrumBan/KanPlan" model was better suited for us.  We still do weekly backlog grooming, but we did away with sprint planning.  We order the tasks based on relative priority and due dates knowing that something may come along that could trump another task in the list and we regularly communicate with stakeholders about the various priorities so they know if something is going to slip due to something else.

So far it seems to be working well for us.

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Kudos. IMO it's not just legitimate, but often preferred way to organize the work.

I've used, and brought to others, "ScrumBan" since, well about 3 decades before it was popularized with a name. There are some reasons why it works, and circumstance when it's the far better choice. I haven't written that article, yet.<g>

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