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Effective Sprint Planning: Key to Project Success

The success of any project is immensely based on effective time management and sprint with the help of agile methodology, acts as a catalyst to manage time.

In this article at Project-Management, Fred Wilson explains that time-specific iteration of sprints contributes to the delivery of projects within the desired time, only in one condition, rightful planning.

Time-Boxed Sprints

Sprints are small intervals set for performing specific tasks related to the projects to make them ready for review. Each sprint is time-boxed for a maximum limit of one month with consistent efforts of development. Each development cycle comprises multiple sprints, catering to a set of objectives aimed to accomplish and deliver the desired project. Here are some productive ways to design the next sprint plan:

  1. Past Lessons: Take the successfully or failed sprints from the past into consideration while planning the present project sprints. If the scrum teams will discuss the past issues to modify their strategies, it will surely bring efficient results, especially for meeting deadlines.
  2. Homework: Doing the required research and planning in advance before going to discuss the next sprint is essential. Keep a rough draft of the impending sprint goals ready to guard the team for external dependencies. Even the team members must be ready with some research tasks before the sprint planning meeting.
  3. Buffer Time: Allocate some additional time in each sprint to tackle unexpected circumstances that may create major ruckus later.
  4. Powerful Tools: Using an operative project management tool may help in designing an effective project development cycle for team collaboration and project delivery on time. Digital intervention will make the teams more productive and help sprint planning practically achievable.
  5. Create a Task List: It is essential to cover all team members in the sprint planning. Find creative ways to involve and encourage the participation of all the team members. Refraining them from the decision-making process will block the way for new innovations and improvements.

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