The sprint planning meeting is essential to your team’s productivity and efficiency.
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.
Create a checklist out of the essential parts of the meeting:
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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