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Just in time, Just Enough Sprint planning

Sprint plannings in Scrum sometimes take long; even when you have all the Stories ready for sprint and estimated. Reason being the team still need to break down stories to tasks, and the Scrum master needs to calculate the capacity and compare the total hours of broken down tasks to the capacity available in order to find out whether the team are committing well, under committing or over committing in order to further negotiate the commitment with the Product Owner if required.

All of this are basics and well accepted, but does it make sense to make the team to break down all the stories right at the beginning of the Sprint – during the planning? Most of the Continue reading

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Getting User Stories ready for the Sprint – “Story Status”

If you’re using Scrum in your organisation to develop software, then you are very well aware of the challenges of getting your Stories spot on. Writing a good User Story is not easy; it depends on both business and development factors.

The ideal Scrum Sprint planning is fast, the estimation session does not drag on, however usually the reality is nothing like that and both the Product owner and the development team are equally to blame.

Many questions raised for each User Story; unclear acceptance criteria; missing artefacts, unresolved cross-team dependencies, unresolved 3rd party dependencies… The problems are far more apparent when the Continue reading

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How to come up with a correct Commitment: Sprint Roadmap

How to start the sprint? What User Story is the right one to start to work on? The successful result of a sprint depends on many different factors. It depends on how correctly the team has estimated, how good the commitment has … Continue reading

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