11 dec Agile Advent Calendar – 14 December
An Advent Calendar is a special calendar that counts the days to remind us that Christmas is approaching. This year we are counting down by sharing Practices for that might benefit you as Agile coach, Scrum master or Agile practitioner. Today’s tip is:
Tip 14: Aim for a stock of refined items of 2 sprints ahead.
Priorities tend to change. Often items drop out just before sprint planning or they rise in priority. When you have more items ready that actually fit the sprint, these last-minute changes do not affect the sprint planning that much. Additionally, when you start early with refining backlog items, you’ll have time to discuss the best solution with your team members, get the chance to have a dialogue with experts outside the team or to give it a second thought. Having a stock of ready items that hold more than you’ll do in the coming sprint leads therefore to more flexibility, better solutions and better predictability.