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Planning Sprints to achieve Sprint Goals

Aligning Sprint Goals with customer outcomes helps Scrum Team to plan their Sprints. Asking questions like “what items do we need to pull from the Product Backlog to deliver the desired outcome or outcomes?”, and “what other work do we need to do to achieve our goal?” helps them to ensure that they are singularly focused on achieving the Sprint Goal.

Sometimes a Scrum Team will look at some task or Product Backlog Item (PBI) and feel that it is important enough to include in the Sprint, even though it is not essential to achieving their Sprint Goal. In these cases, they should examine their Sprint Goal and discuss whether the Sprint Goal is too narrow or limited. They may need to refine their Sprint Goal in order to deliver the most valuable product Increment possible. 



Every Sprint starts with Sprint Planning where the Scrum Team determines what they plan to accomplish during the course of the Sprint. During the meeting, the Scrum Team focuses on: The value that can be created during the Sprint Choosing which Product Backlog Items will be addressed...
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The Sprint Goal is the single objective for the Sprint. Although the Sprint Goal is a commitment by the Developers, it provides flexibility in terms of the exact work needed to achieve it. The Sprint Goal also creates cohesiveness and focus, encouraging the Scrum Team to work together rather than on...
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This learning series discusses the importance of developing and delivering valuable product Increments in order to improve the outcomes that its users and customers experience. Scrum Teams deliver product Increments and measure the results to understand what customers want or need.