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.