Why Not Skip Sprint Backlogs Completely?

Busyness-Driven Versus Value-Driven Teams

Busyness-driven teams consider upfront information about deadlines, dependencies, and capacity as governing constraints.

Swarming in One Direction

Are We Value-Driven or Busyness-Driven?

  • We prepare the sprint goal upfront and review it in the sprint planning.
  • The sprint goal is the first topic on our sprint planning agenda.
  • The sprint goal is the first topic in every daily scrum.
  • The sprint goal answers our question, “Why?”
  • We do not reverse-engineer a sprint goal from an already decided sprint backlog.
  • We do not have any “and” in sprint goals.
  • Our sprint goal is preferably a direction rather than an ideal place.

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