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Sprint planning – How long is too long?

too long - approved

I posted one of my articles, Sprint planning meeting introductory script, on reddit to try and stir up some conversations, and the following comment by /u/AgileBandit stuck out to me: 3 hours? Why are your Sprint planning sessions taking so long?! Your team would benefit from more frequent backlog grooming sessions to reduce the need for lengthy …

Political Correctness vs Politeness

book of life logo

I’ve become a huge fan of the ‘School of Life’ youtube channel.  They make a ton of 5-12 minute videos outlining lessons from philosophers, artists, political scientists, as well as tackling general topics such as ‘The purpose of friendship’ and ‘How to be warm’. They also have a website called the Book of Life.  I’m …

Teams Are Greater Than Projects

I talk about my team a lot. I feel like people are the most important piece of the puzzle - Erica Enders-Stevens

My post Sprint Planning Meeting Introductory Script sparked some conversation with an old schoolmate on facebook, Justin Antoszek.   He was describing his department.  He’s a senior software developer in an R&D department with 3 teams running 3 different projects that have several people involved in multiple teams depending on which project has the highest priority from sprint to …

Sprint Planning Meeting Introductory Script

whoosh - some sprinting guy

The purpose of a sprint planning meeting is to produce a sprint backlog.  This sprint backlog is the forecasted work that will be completed during the sprint.  The way I’ve run sprint planning meetings has evolved over the last 4 months.  It was really rough at the start, but it’s getting better and I want to share …