Sprint Planning in Practice (Part 2)

In my previous blog post I talked about how to create a Product Backlog from scratch. We looked at an example product – online education hub about Scrum – and used a real online tool for Product Backlog management called ZenHub.

Ok, so now we have our Product Backlog started with some functional and non-functional requirements identified. Next step is to actually start our first Sprint!

Let’s do the first Sprint Planning ever.

In this video I will show you an example planning using the Product Backlog I created last time. Watch the video to learn how you can do it in ZenHub (which should be easily transferable to any other platform you use).

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What to consider in Sprint Planning?

When you go into your Sprint planning there are a few things you should consider. I don’t go in too much detail about it in the video, so here are a few more insights for you:

  • Definition of Done (DoD). When it is clear what is considered ‘Done’ the team has a better understanding of all the different types of tasks they generally need to complete apart from pure development. E.g. testing, documentation, integration, code review, etc. If you don’t have a DoD yet, you should spend some time creating one.
  • Capacity of the team. Discuss anything that might reduce the team’s capacity, like days off, holidays, other events, or other commitments.
  • Velocity. If you are measuring velocity using story points, for example, you can use your past data to help understand how much work the team can realistically take into the Sprint.
  • Sprint Goal. This is number one topic that needs to be discussed in a Sprint Planning. A clearly stated Sprint Goal will help the team select the right Product Backlog items to align with it.
  • Acceptance criteria of Product Backlog items. Obviously, the team will need to have a good understanding of what is required for each work item they want to select into their Sprint Backlog.

There is a guide for that

As I was writing this blog post, I realized that I have lots of various guides that touch up on the topics mentioned here. Instead of polluting the blog post with links, I decided to just list all of the guides relevant to what I mentioned above right here in a list:

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