Sprint Planning meeting

Last post 10:07 am May 9, 2014
by Ian Mitchell
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05:12 am May 2, 2014

I had a question regarding the output of the sprint planning meeting, would it be the sprint goal or the sprint backlog? What is considered as an output.

05:39 am May 2, 2014

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a plan for the dev-team toward a goal. From my point of view, for the output, you need a sprint goal + a sprint backlog to have some confidence for reaching the goal.

08:24 am May 2, 2014

The scrum guide states

Sprint Planning answers the following
What can be delivered in the Increment resulting from the upcoming Sprint?
How will the work needed to deliver the Increment be achieved?

The answer to the first question is Sprint Goal and the answer to the second is Sprint Backlog
The answer to Your question is Sprint Goal + Sprint Backlog

09:10 am May 2, 2014

Now if I remember correctly, I did get this question in my examination and had to choose between the two. Would output mean something tangilble like a sprint backlog?

09:49 am May 2, 2014

do you know the exact question - I am assuming that the question will have a clue as to which out of this two is correct.

01:43 pm May 2, 2014

Hi Michelle,

Could be a long shot here on mixed backlogs?
Are we 100% sure were not confusing sprint backlog and product backlog in the question.
If the question is the following.

regarding the output of the sprint planning meeting,would it be the sprint goal or the product backlog?
What is considered as an output

From the scrum guide.

Sprint planning:
The input to this meeting is the Product Backlog.<----Input

After the Development Team forecasts the Product Backlog items it will deliver in the Sprint,
the Scrum Team crafts a Sprint Goal.
The Sprint Goal is an objective that will be met within the Sprint through the implementation of the Product Backlog

If it was a mixed question"pick all that apply" A,B,C,D,E or combinations type there could have been a few choices to pick from A+B A+C B+D D+A type with red herrings using product backlog instead and Sprint backlog in the combinations.
Not having seen the question its a bit difficult to say, perhaps admin can shed some light on the actual question.

01:56 pm May 2, 2014

What did admin say from the feedback from your exam, where was the weak points?
This will shed some light on the question.

06:59 am May 4, 2014

Posted By Michelle on 02 May 2014 09:10 AM
Now if I remember correctly, I did get this question in my examination and had to choose between the two. Would output mean something tangilble like a sprint backlog?

On another note, it seems that a no. of questions in the paid assessments have ambiguity in terms of the answer choices, that raises question over the quality of the assessments. I do hope something is done sooner in this regard.

And, to your question, Sprint Goal as well as the sprint backlog are the tangible outputs out of the Sprint planning exercise.

10:07 am May 9, 2014

> Now if I remember correctly, I did get this question in my examination and had to
> choose between the two. Would output mean something tangilble like a sprint backlog?

If I was forced to make a choice between the two, I'd be tempted to choose the Sprint Backlog on the grounds that this is a Scrum artifact, and the Sprint Goal is implicit in its formulation.