Planning, no matter what the occasion, happens almost everyday.
Planning is an activity which describes the activities , resources, timelines needed to deliver the output in the question.
In the scrum framework the timeline & resources ( Human Resources ) are fixed. The duration of an iteration or sprint is timeboxed. The capacity of the Scrum team is also fixed. Based on these two parameters the scope/ user stories are defined by the product owner. As a basic principle planning is always done up to a level of detail where scrum teams can confirm that there is clear understanding of the user stories which they commit to deliver.
In our experience teams struggle during Sprint planning even after many sprints of experience. One shouldn’t be worried that Planning is long drawn and teams tend to over or under commit. Every sprint is an experience and learning’s have to to be incorporated from the past sprint plannings to get better
In this blog we captured a set of pointers for a better planning experience.
Let’s begin with pre-requisites:
Below are next steps or activities to be conducted, with an understanding that prerequisites have been met, for effective sprint planning :
All the above activities have to be facilitated by the Scrum master.
Hope you found this blog informative!
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Benzne Agile Consultant