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The only thing that matters when planning a Sprint

Crafting a clear and overarching Sprint Goal during Sprint Planning

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” — Mike Tyson

“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” — Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

Sprint Planning: resist the urge to focus on the Product Backlog

“The problem with specifying the method along with the goal is one of diminished control. Provide your people with the objective and let them figure out the method.” — L. David Marquet

Sprint Goal: the Commander’s Intent of the Sprint

Next time you plan a Sprint, try to start with the Sprint Goal

“Goals transform a random walk into a chase.” — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

  • Meeting the objective is more important the following the plan.
  • When the plan fails, everybody has enough information to come up with a better plan.
  • When the plan fails, everybody has enough information work together towards the same goal.
  1. Focus. A clear Sprint Goal helps decide what is important to tackle and what not during the Sprint.
  2. Teamwork. Clarity on the outcome to be achieved promotes teamwork. Everyone understands what needs to be achieved at the end of the Sprint.
  3. Autonomy. The team is empowered to make the right decisions by understanding what outcome needs to be reached at the end of Sprint.
  4. Self-organisation. By starting with the Sprint Goal, you give the team the opportunity to select what items to include and come up with a plan for meeting the goal.
  5. Commitment. By starting with the Sprint Goal and giving the freedom to the team to determine the Sprint Backlog, you receive more buy-in to the Sprint Goal, as they are involved with the whole plan from the start.
  6. Flexibility. It will provide the team flexibility on what functionality is implemented during the Sprint.

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