(14/19) Sprint Planning

In this video, Ryan explores Sprint Planning, a crucial event in Scrum that sets the stage for the Sprint. It’s here that the Scrum Team addresses the “why,” “what,” and “how” of their upcoming work. This event is the team’s chance to collaboratively outline the forecasted work for the Sprint, focusing on creating a Sprint Goal and determining the tasks required to achieve it.

The Sprint Planning event has a maximum duration, or timebox, which varies depending on the Sprint’s length but is essential for maintaining focus without rushing the process. All team members, including the Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Developers, participate, with the possibility of involving external experts if necessary. Key inputs to Sprint Planning include an ordered Product Backlog and knowledge of current market conditions, helping to inform the Sprint Goal—a hypothesis or objective that the Sprint aims to validate or achieve. The Product Owner presents a potential Sprint Goal, which is then refined and agreed upon by the team, ensuring it’s both valuable and achievable. Developers then select and possibly create Product Backlog Items to form a forecasted plan, aligning with the agreed Sprint Goal. They also discuss how to transform these items into a usable increment, potentially breaking them down into smaller tasks for better manageability and transparency.

Ryan concludes with an activity for viewers to apply these concepts by creating a Sprint Backlog for tidying a house, illustrating how unexpected discoveries (like a water leak) might require adapting the Sprint Backlog while keeping the Sprint Goal intact. This exemplifies the dynamic nature of Sprint Planning, highlighting its role in fostering a flexible, goal-oriented approach within the Scrum Team.