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This is Wednesday again, and Weekly knowledge growth with Jira Guru!
Today's topic is Backlog and Sprint Planning in Jira Software!
A Sprint is a foundational concept in Scrum, representing a time-boxed period during which specific tasks are completed. In Jira Software:
In summary, the backlog is the overarching list of tasks awaiting attention in Jira Software, while sprints are the time-bound cycles during which teams focus on a subset of these tasks. Together, they facilitate an iterative approach to product development, allowing teams to be flexible, responsive, and continuously improving.
Now, let’s summarize the differences between backlog and sprint planning in Jira Software
A collection of user stories, bugs, epics, and tasks awaiting action or prioritization
A fixed time frame in which a set of tasks are to be completed
Ever-evolving and continuous, depending on project needs
Usually fixed, often ranging from one to four weeks.
Serve as a repository for all items awaiting action; detailing and prioritizing
Deliver potentially shippable increments of the product
Visualization in Jira
Seen in the "Backlog" view
Viewed in the "Active Sprint" or "Board" section
Adding, removing, detailing, and prioritizing tasks
Selecting tasks from the backlog, working on them, and completing within the sprint duration
To give a comprehensive view of outstanding work and its priority
To produce a deliverable increment of the product.
Primarily managed by the Product Owner.
Team members commit to tasks, and Scrum Master oversees the process.|
When using tools like Jira Software, there's a distinction between company-managed (previously known as "classic" projects) and team-managed (formerly "next-gen" projects) approaches. Both project types offer backlog and sprint functionalities, but their setup, customization, and usage can differ. Here's a breakdown of how the backlog and sprint functionalities differ between these two types of projects:
Check this article to learn more about Backlog management
Learn how to Enable sprints for team-managed projects with Atlassian Document here
Learn how to Create sprints in company-managed projects here
To summarize, while Team-Managed Projects in Jira give individual teams the flexibility and autonomy to shape their Agile practices, Company-Managed Projects offer a more controlled environment, ensuring consistency and alignment with broader organizational objectives. The choice between them often depends on the scale, culture, and specific needs of the organization.
For most teams practicing agile methodologies, a combination of both a backlog and sprints offers a balanced approach, ensuring both long-term vision and short-term actionable goals. However, the best approach always depends on your team's specific needs, working style, and project requirements.
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