The difference between the ‘forecast’ and the ‘Sprint Backlog’ in Scrum
Definition of done in sprint planning
There is a difference between the forecast and the Sprint Backlog in Scrum. Exactly what this difference is, has eluded me for some time, and it may very well be unclear to you too. The difference may seem subtle, but can have real practical benefits as you will learn below. The way I used […]
Sprint Goal in Scrum: Whose responsibility is it?
When getting to grips with the Scrum framework for the first time, it may take awhile before the notion of “Done”, the Definition of Done, what they are for and how they can be used sinks in. One of the Scrum events where we use the Definition of Done is Sprint Planning. Product Backlog items […]
Why it’s better to ask an Agile team for a forecast than commitment
The elusive Scrum Sprint Goal. One of those practices in Scrum that is often neglected or struggled with. Which is a shame since Scrum Teams can benefit greatly from the much needed Focus it provides, when used properly. Recently an aspiring Scrum Master asked me: “Who makes the sprint goal? In the training we discussed the PO makes it, […]
John Ferguson puts it very neatly in his blog, and I agree that any habit that puts us at risk of taking on more than we can qualitatively deliver should be left out of our toolbox. I myself do from time to time ask the team whether they can absolutely commit to the forecast planned, […]