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Missing Sprint Commitment

Page history last edited by Mark Levison 15 years, 7 months ago

Consistently Missing Sprint Commitment


1. Smells


The team consistently misses its sprint goal. Sprint after sprint the team commits to more stories than it can handle.


2. Discussion


3. Causes

  • Not tracking velocity
  • Not allowing for slack time (vacation days, sick days, meetings etc.)
  • Over committing in spite of the evidence provided by the velocity.


4. Consequences

  • Management and the Product Owner don't have a good idea when the release will be complete.
  • Quality suffers as the team is always trying to squeeze more into an iteration than they could handle.


5. Prevention


6. Example Remedies

  • Track velocity and use it as an estimate of capacity during the next Planning meeting.
    • Consider using the average velocity of the last three sprints.
  • Examine the consistency and quality of estimates during a Retrospective.
  • Remind the team of the effects of over committing during the Planning meeting.
  • Allow for slack time during the planning session.


7. Case Studies


Credit: this is based on material from "10 ways to screw up with Scrum and XP" by Henrik Kniberg. Personal Experience: Mark Levison


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