7 things that are messing up your Sprint

Welcome to the end of 2019 week 51, one more before the end of the year. Here is a summary of this week’s posts, all focused on some of the Sprint Planning myths that will, in the end, impact your Sprint.


๐Ÿ“… Monday: Myth #1 – No planning

We are agile. We don’t need to plan.

Have you ever heard this? Sounds familiar right? Or

I thought we were agile. We respond to change we don’t follow a plan.

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๐Ÿ“… Tuesday: Myth #2 – Fill in the sprint capacity

Our velocity was 40 Story Points last sprint so we must put at least 40 Story Points in this one.

This is how most Sprint planning events start for most of the Scrum teams. Sprints are planned on capacity instead of a goal…

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๐Ÿ“… Wednesday: Myth #3 – First the items then the goal

It is very common for most teams to first start with filling up the sprint with product backlog items and only after that think about the sprint goal…

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๐Ÿ“… Thursday: Myth #4 – No need for part 2

One of the events that is usually disregarded by most teams is the 2nd part of the Sprint Planning. And yes, if this is new to you, the Sprint Planning is a 2 step process…

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๐Ÿ“… Friday: Myth #5 – Assign every task to someone

I remember when I started coaching my first team. It was a small team of 5 people doing Business Intelligence…

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๐Ÿ“… Saturday: Myth #6 – Scope is committed and closed

Once the Sprint Planning event is over, the Sprint backlog is committed and closed. No more changes to the Sprint commitment after that…

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And to finalize …

Myth #7 – We don’t need to check the DoD

Very big mistake, and a very common one. The team accepts everything that will enter the sprint without proper verification if it can be done. The DoD (Definition of Done) is essential in this step, without it we are flying blind.


Hope you have an amazing new week.

Cheers,

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