Planning your sprint
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- Setting up your workspace
- Customizing your project
- Creating your backlog
- Grooming your backlog
- Planning your sprint
- Tracking your progress
- Wrapping up your work
- Doing more with your agile projects
A sprint is a short period (ideally two to four weeks) during which a development team implements and delivers a discrete product increment, e.g. a working milestone version. In this tutorial, your team will be working in two-week long sprints. Let's go ahead and create a sprint for your team.
Before creating and starting a sprint, your Scrum team would typically hold a sprint planning meeting. In this meeting, your team should:
- Review the estimates for selected issues
- Break down the selected issues into an initial list of sprint tasks
- Consider upcoming employee time-off, holidays, and other issues that may impact the completion of these sprint tasks
- Gauge the team's capacity team to complete these sprint tasks
By the end of the meeting, your team should be confident enough to commit to completing the work in the sprint.
In this tutorial, we will assume that the Teams in Space team can handle 20 story points of work in a sprint, and that everyone is available for the full sprint. Typically, you would know how much work your team can complete in a sprint by reviewing information from past sprints, usually through velocity and sprint reports.
Need help scheduling?
By using Jira Software in tandem with Confluence, you can embed your sprints using Team Calendars for Confluence. This helps you see the duration of your sprint and how your team's availability or other team events could impact the sprint.
Create a sprint
- On the Teams in Space board, click Backlog.
- Click Create Sprint at the top of the Backlog.
- Your new upcoming sprint will be added to your board, below any other future sprints. Select the Sprint 1 text and edit the name of the sprint to 'Spring Cleanup'.
- The top 4 issues in the Backlog are equal to 20 story points. This is what the team estimated that they could accomplish in the upcoming sprint. Drag and drop the top four issues from the Backlog into your new sprint.
Streamline your work
By connecting your Jira Software instance to a Confluence instance, you can link Confluence pages to your sprints via Jira Software to build stronger user stories and to better plan for sprints or releases. For example, you may want to write up the sprint meeting notes in Confluence and link them to the sprint.
Start your sprint
Now that you have created a sprint, you can go ahead and start it.
- Click Start Sprint.
- Today's date and current time become the start date and time for the sprint. For the purpose of this tutorial, enter an end date of 5 minutes from the start date and time.
- Select Start to start the sprint and move the issues into Active sprints.
Congratulations! You've successfully got Teams in Space up and running! Now, let's look at Active sprints to track your team's progress.
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