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Sprint Planning

Last post 10:32 pm February 21, 2019 by Eric Landry
10 replies
03:18 pm April 14, 2018

Topic One: What can be done this Sprint?

The Development Team works to forecast the functionality that will be developed during the Sprint. The Product Owner discusses the objective that the Sprint should achieve and the Product Backlog items that, if completed in the Sprint, would achieve the Sprint Goal. The entire Scrum Team collaborates on understanding the work of the Sprint.


How will the sprint planning get started what would be the sequence of activities -

Does the PO start by presenting his Sprint Goal first as he understands the Product Backlog and its value the most, and then the Development team will check its feasibility work wise and then it can start the negotiations ending up in a final sprint goal and sprint backlog.

04:16 pm April 14, 2018

Sprint Planning can be hard. However, if the team have conducted Product Backlog refinement and the Sprint Review conscientiously, how likely is it that the event will present significant unknowns and a need for sequenced process?

08:15 pm April 14, 2018

The unknowns being more or less, still want to understand how the sprint planning starts so that the corresponding PBIs can be selected, as PO has the highest visibility for the end product and its value, though not specifically mentioned here, is the PO most likely to initiate in this event expressing his expectation for the sprint or the sprint goal.

11:44 am April 15, 2018

Just some days ago a good presentation on Sprint Planning has been released:

that helpts understand what is going on during Sprint Planning.

04:18 pm April 15, 2018

Thanks Stefan, as per this video it looks like DT would initiate, selecting the PBs they think can be achieved in the sprint.

05:02 pm April 15, 2018

Yes, it is the DT's commitment what they will do. Therefore DT should have the lead in selecting work.

Please remember that during Sprint Review you have done, according to the Scrum Guide:

"The entire group collaborates on what to do next, so that the Sprint Review provides valuable input to subsequent Sprint Planning"

So, depending on what you have achieved during Sprint Review, it might be that PO starts with a quick summary. Still, I would not put it like "PO starts by presenting his Sprint Goal". As the Scrum Guide states "During Sprint Planning the Scrum Team also crafts a Sprint Goal." I therefore would rather say something like:

"PO starts by explaining why the current top entries in the Product Backlog represent the highest value and proposes a draft of a possible Sprint Goal".

If put like that, why not?


06:59 pm April 15, 2018

Now learning that in sprint review also its expected to discuss the next steps, it does provide clarity that the sprint planning can be continued from what was already discussed/planned in the sprint review for upcoming sprint, and hence it can start accordingly could be either PO or DT starting it depending on situation.

As quoted here from the guide - 

<The Product Owner discusses the Product Backlog as it stands. He or she projects likely target and delivery dates based on progress to date (if needed);

• The entire group collaborates on what to do next, so that the Sprint Review provides valuable input to subsequent Sprint Planning;

• Review of how the marketplace or potential use of the product might have changed what is the most valuable thing to do next; and,

• Review of the timeline, budget, potential capabilities, and marketplace for the next anticipated releases of functionality or capability of the product.>

Also this can reduce chances for sprint goal being obsolete as stakeholder also collaborates to plan what to do next.


Thanks Ian, Stefan.

12:24 pm September 1, 2018

As per my understanding, During Sprint Planning - the Dev Team will choose the stories from Product Backlog...which they feel they can deliver during Sprint. As of now this is just a second sprint for the team (almost everyone is new - including PO & the team), PO is insisting to take more user stories (as buffer) on top of the stories which Team has chosen for the Sprint. Is this process correct? 

As per PO, it is Okk if Team deliver less user stories than planned. But insisting for big count of stories in Sprint Backlog.

Interested to know what scrum methodology says per my understanding adding buffer user stories (due to push by PO), when Team is not wrong.

03:55 pm September 4, 2018

With these concerns and behaviors in evidence, do you think that team members might make better use of the Scrum Guide?

06:41 pm September 4, 2018

PO is insisting to take more user stories (as buffer) on top of the stories which Team has chosen for the Sprint

It is simply not Scrum for a PO to "insist" that the Development Team accommodate more items than they are comfortable completing within a sprint.   Only the Development Team can accept items into a sprint.

The business must "respect" the judgment, estimation, and capacity evaluation of the Development Team for planning a sprint.   To do otherwise violates one of the 5 Scrum values (respect).


06:48 pm February 21, 2019

While I truly agree that it is not right to insist on taking more, depending on how the scrum master will handle the situation, something positive might come out of it. In my view, this would be the realization that 1, the team can only output so much in terms of whatever scale your team uses for planning. 2, I think it would also be a good opportunity to use the retrospective with all members present and find a decent way to bring the point to the attention of the team.

I would somewhat disagree to refer to the guide as some sort of mediation point but more use the information inside it to make the best use of the events and therefore enhancing the impact of a working framework.

Feel free to disagree, this is just a suggestion, I do not know your current work environnement.

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