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Is Backlog Refinement a Time-Boxed event?

Last post 03:13 am January 10, 2014 by Ian Mitchell
1 reply
11:47 pm January 9, 2014

Can anyone help to understand
" Refinement usually consumes no more than 10% of the capacity of the Development Team."

Here is my understanding :

Estimated Capacity of a team = Committed dev team members x( Effective Hours x No.of Sprint Days)

Hypothetically team members is = 4 (Fully committed)
Effective hours/per person = 6 Hrs
No. Of Sprint Days = 20 days(1 month sprint)

So the Capacity = 4*(6*20) = 480 man hours.
10% of 480 is = 48 hours which can be spent for the product backlog refinement.

Is it Time-Boxed?
do we need to convert this as a time-boxed of 2 days or 48 hrs for a sprint of one month?
in this case the time box varies based on the effective hours invested based on person's focusing factor.


03:13 am January 10, 2014

No, backlog refinement is not a timeboxed event in Scrum. It's a responsibility of the Scrum Team, and one to be fulfilled within each Sprint timebox. The 10% figure is merely a guide to help shape an activity that should happen on an ongoing basis.