Agile teams are at their best when the team has a culture of collaboration. One of the most important relationships is between Product Owners and Software Developers.
Spend too little time on beautification, and the stakeholders might not like it. Spend too much time, and the stakeholders might be disappointed by how little got done.
The final event in the Sprint cycle is the Sprint Retrospective meeting. The purpose of this meeting is for the team to reflect on and inspect all aspects of the last sprint and create a plan for improving during the next sprint. From communication and relationships, to processes and tools, any topic that impacted the team is up for inspection and consideration. Effective retrospectives can have a massive influence on the velocity of a team over the course of a project - but how do you make sure your retrospective meetings are effective?
The fourth Scrum Event is the Sprint Review meeting. Review meetings are time-boxed and are meant to be a platform for the team to demonstrate working software to the stakeholders and receive feedback. I reached out to our team to get their guidance on how to have a successful and valuable sprint review.
During the course of a sprint there is a Product Backlog Refinement meeting. The scrum team and Product Owner should discuss how much refinement is needed to ensure the backlog is about 1-2 sprints refined out and the team has enough work to pull into sprint if they needed to.
Backlog Refinement meetings are meant to further prepare and curate upcoming backlog items for the next sprint. This high-level description of “Refinement” can mean a lot of different things. I reached out to our team to get their perspectives on what value backlog refinement provides to the team.
During the course of a sprint there is a daily meeting called the Daily Scrum. This meeting is normally held in the same location and at the same time each day, morning being the most preferred. This allows the team to know what all of the team is working on for the day and if they are running into any issues.
The second event during an Agile Sprint is the Daily Scrum. The daily scrum (sometimes colloquially called the 'standup' meeting) is a recurring, 15-minute meeting that is held by the team and is for the team. The sole reason for having this meeting every day is to empower the team to be successful.
Sprint Planning is the first event of the sprint, where the development team prepares for the couple of weeks ahead. Here we explain the sprint review in terms of the 5 key questions - who, what, where, when, and why. Then we’ll dive into some common issues and anti-patterns we’ve seen in the industry.
The by-the-book purpose of Sprint Planning is for the Product Owner to describe the highest priority features to the team and give the rest of the Development Team a forum to ask questions. The team should come out of the planning meeting with a sprint goal and a sprint backlog. While these two items are very tangible, I have found many other valuable takeaways from sprint planning meetings.
Thinking at the next higher level can extend to thinking at any other role.
Product Backlog refinement is an ongoing process in which the Product Owner and the Development Team collaborate on the details of Product Backlog items.