Backlog Refinement as an Event Between Two Sprints
gopinath_ram <at> yahoo.com [SCRUMDEVELOPMENT] <SCRUMDEVELOPMENT <at> yahoogroups.com>
2015-02-19 18:24:46 GMT
I just voted for the idea 'Include Backlog Refinement in the Scrum Events section' in Scrumguide.uservoice.com, proposed by Jose Luis Soria (http://scrumguide.uservoice.com/users/47440411-jose-luis-soria)http://t.co/9HeoLDjyel
There I have expressed my opinion as follows:
"I agree with this idea.
Though planning is an ongoing activity & yet we have events like time-boxed Scrum Planning.
Similarly backlog refinement is ongoing as an individual activity of
the PO but still we need to have it additionally as an event with the entire team
In fact I will go beyond this and suggest that this be scheduled as a
time-boxed event (10 % of the Sprint duration) immediately after sprint
retrospective and just before the next Sprint planning session of the
next sprint. Scheduling backlog refinement meeting as an event during a sprint will
shift the team member focus from the current sprint to the forthcoming
sprint. This will be a case of context switching which has been regarded
as a waste from Lean perspective.
But if a time-boxed backlog grooming
is scheduled between two sprints the team can give full focus. So a
typical 2-week sprint schedule will look like
Monday -First Half : Sprint Planning and
then after two weeks
Friday - First Half: Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective
Friday - Second Half - Backlog refinement
Monday - First Half - Sprint Planning (next sprint)
One limitation with this approach is if the PO is not available on
the Backlog Refinement Event is scheduled then it will get adversely
impacted. But the same can be said of scheduled Sprint Planning session
Welcome your opinions.
Posted by: gopinath_ram <at> yahoo.com
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