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#1 matthewjohn938   User is offline

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Sprint planning meeting?

Posted 24 March 2020 - 12:02 AM

How do you prepare for a sprint planning meeting?
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#2 Skydiver   User is offline

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Re: Sprint planning meeting?

Posted 24 March 2020 - 03:47 AM

It depends... Are you talking about a real sprint planning the way scrum is supposed to be done where all the stakeholders are there and everyone is free to choose what goes in the sprint without assigning who does what; or the fake sprint planning where a manager or "scrum master" chooses what goes into a sprint and assigns stories to people?
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Re: Sprint planning meeting?

Posted 24 March 2020 - 06:22 AM

From my experience, you spend hours discussing what the business has decided as priority, take sprint points, & plan out the next two weeks. This is followed the business implementing a new 'emergency task' with a due date, & you don't work on anything that you invested all that time discussing.
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Re: Sprint planning meeting?

Posted 24 March 2020 - 07:33 AM

View Postmatthewjohn938, on 24 March 2020 - 02:02 AM, said:

How do you prepare for a sprint planning meeting?


What role are you taking in this meeting? As an engineer, your life is pretty easy: you show up. Maybe if you're a super go-getter you've read the tickets that your PM has said they're considering for this sprint so you can talk about them if needed, but mostly you're there in case there are questions about the engineering, or to lobby for tickets that product is not going to lobby for (for example, we had to upgrade from the previous LTS version of django to a new LTS, this took a certain amount of engineering effort) Presumably, you've previously estimated the tickets that you're looking at so you've already kind of done the big part of your input here.
You may have to do a demo of some feature you've delivered in the previous sprint, some teams do this, but you'll know if you're on the hook for that. (hopefully)

As a stakeholder, you probably need to be in touch with the PM to let them know what you're concerned about. For example, we do a lot to support staff in their work, so we have staff stakeholders who advocate for tools and stuff that they need, and also they interface with our community users, so they also advocate for UI changes that they think will help our community get stuff done.

The product manager has the hardest job. They have to put together a bundle of proposed tickets that move the product in the direction they're hoping, and they have to try to achieve some sort of consensus on a block of work that makes sense for the next sprint. That's not easy to do, so in a sense your biggest job in the sprint planning meeting is to help them get there.
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Re: Sprint planning meeting?

Posted 30 March 2020 - 02:13 AM

Thanks much guys for taking the time out. Much appreciate. :)
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Re: Sprint planning meeting?

Posted 06 May 2020 - 04:08 AM

Our preparation is pretty much done during the sprint planning ceremony - that's why it's called a *planning* meeting. In my team, these ceremonies aren't typically too long (as opposed to Waterfall where you can plan for 3 months straight - meaningless lol). We discuss the goals and technical requirements. Though some teams tend to do poor planning and hopping right into the actual development (like in Kanban) which is not recommended with Scrum as it'll make you do changes along the way, and during sprints, that's not recommended.

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