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Planning Sprint

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Sprint Planning

How to improve a sprint planning process with the help of powerful software?

The importance of sprint planning

Agile sprint planning is aimed to define what teams should complete in the coming sprint from the backlog.

If you want your sprint planning to be successful and run it smoothly, you definitely need powerful software. With the help of Agile planning tools such as Hygger.io, you can estimate stories, check velocity, adjust sprint scope, and re-prioritize issues in real-time.

Sprint goal

A sprint goal is a short description of what you are planning to achieve during the sprint. A product owner and the team write it collaboratively. This short description is an objective that will be achieved within the Sprint through the implementation of the product backlog. The sprint goal gives developers some flexibility regarding the functionality implemented within the sprint.

Sprint backlog

The product backlog is storage for your ideas, requests from your customers and requirements for your product. It may include anything: new features, possible risks, and bugs.

All these items in your backlog must be small enough to complete during a sprint and small enough to complete within a few days.

Popular Scrum software tools allow maintaining a product backlog.

Hygger proposes you to use a visual representation of a backlog board. With the help of powerful prioritization frameworks, you can easily optimize product priorities by defining important and less important tasks and also by scoring them correctly.

It’s better to split the stories into smaller parts in order to consider for sprint planning. Every story must stand on its own as a vertical slice. Pay attention that stories should not be incomplete or base as a horizontal slice.

Calculating a commitment

Product teams use a combination of team availability and velocity for calculating a commitment. New teams may not know their velocity, so they may need to make forecasts based just on their capacity.

How to determine velocity?

Velocity is unique to every team. So it’s a bad idea to use another team’s velocity for sprint planning.  

You may get the velocity, summing the story point estimates of all completed and accepted work from the previous sprint. Tracking velocity makes teams less focus on utilization and more on throughput.

How to determine capacity?

If the team is new and there is no stable velocity, team members should be able to provide 3 measures to determine capacity:

  • the number of ideal hours in their work day.
  • how many days in the sprint will he/she be available
  • the percentage of time will he/she dedicate to the team.

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