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Public holidays separates two weeks sprint

Last post 08:48 pm March 18, 2024 by Derya Şişmanyazıcı
3 replies
06:14 pm March 9, 2024

I have planned a release that consists of four two-week sprints. During my planning, I found out that we will have a public holiday (one week) during one of the sprints. This means we will start the first week of the sprint, then have a one-week vacation, and then resume the sprint. Is that OK? Or do I need to replan to avoid that? 

09:29 pm March 11, 2024

How are you planning to get empirical feedback on increments of usable quality in each of your Sprints? That's of more concern than how you choose to handle exceptional situations.

04:23 pm March 12, 2024

This is my opinion because the Scrum Guide says nothing about this.  Remember, that Scrum is a framework not a process.  So, this is just something that your team needs to figure out.  If it is something known, then the team should just plan for it.  Let them decide if they want to split the sprint across the holiday (i.e week 1 of the Sprint, 1 week of holiday, week 2 of the Sprint) or just have that Sprint consist of 1 week of work and keep the established boundaries.  

Just let the team decide what is best.  They are the ones responsible for the work that is going to be done.

06:59 pm March 16, 2024

Since there will be a holiday in between, interfering with the duration of other sprints in order to save that sprint from the holiday will disrupt your metrics. If a four-week sprint coincides with a week of vacation, it would be reasonable to plan a sprint based on the remaining three weeks. It's a good idea to discuss this option with your team and stakeholders to assess feasibility and ensure alignment with project goals.

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