Three Top Tips for Sprint Planning - Unlock Your Team's Genius
Jan 24
Top 3 tips for optimising your Sprint Planning

The sprint planning meeting is essential to your team’s productivity and efficiency.

'The most important thing to bear in mind is that planning is not refinement.' Click To Tweet

Tip 1: Stop refining

If you’re spending time discussing, understanding and reducing uncertainty of items, stop. That’s what product backlog refinement sessions are for. Ensure all items in the product backlog are ready to be worked on (according to your team’s unique definition of ready) for a productive Scrum planning meeting.

Tip 2: Cover all areas of Sprint Planning

Create a checklist out of the essential parts of the meeting:

  1. The Sprint Goal: what is the goal for the sprint? How does it fit into the wider product roadmap?
  2. The Scope: what is the scope of the work? Is it agreed by the whole scrum team and the product owner?
  3. The Strategy: will you break the work down into smaller sized tasks or work on the items as they are? Will you allocate all items to individuals before the work starts or will they pick up work as and when they’re done? Make sure that you have a strategy for the first few days though; anything further is up to your team’s preference.

Tip 3: Mind the Capacity

You know what the work is and you know you can do it but you need to know if you can do it in the time provided. Planned absences, support and maintenance capacity and over/under committing create distractions for the team that could pose a risk to your commitment. Stick to a familiar number of items, maybe a tiny bit more if you’re feeling under-challenged.

Using the 3 tips above, it won’t take you long to get the handle on agile sprint planning to ensure your team development,, and value creation is as strong as it can be. If you have any questions or topics you’d like me to cover, leave a comment below or send me a message through my website. Thanks for reading. See you next time!

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An agilist since 2010 and in product management since the 90s, Georg Fasching helps digital creative agencies delight their clients, fulfil their people, and improve their prosperity.

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