Chapter 3 – Planning and Protecting

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Now that your organization is eager to adopt Scrum and a team has been selected with the right attitudes and abilities, it is time to snap into action and get the show on the road.

The following three shortcuts not only help you to set the team on their course but also give you some tips and tricks to keep the project on track.

Shortcut 7: Setting the Scrum Stage lays down a range of suggestions to ensure proper foundations have been established to support a successful Scrum team. Shortcut 8: Plan the Sprint, Sprint the Plan provides specific, practical advice to ensure an effective sprint planning session. Finally, Shortcut 9: Incriminating Impediments offers advice to help control the impact of impediments during sprint execution.

Shortcut 7: Setting the Scrum Stage

  • Ensure Team Stability
  • Adjust the Physical Environment
  • Estimates Are Not Guarantees
  • Work toward Reciprocity
  • Support Sustainable Development
  • Run a Pilot Project
  • Have Realistic Expectations

Shortcut 8: Plan the Sprint, Sprint the Plan

  • Product Backlog Refinement
  • Goals Are Good
  • How Long Should a Sprint Be?
  • Capacity Planning
  • Part 1: The What
  • Part 2: The How
  • Task Definition
  • The Right Number of Requirements
  • The 7 Ps

Shortcut 9: Incriminating Impediments

  • Defining Impediments
  • Many Shapes and Sizes
  • Impediment ConTROL
  • Blocks versus Impediments
  • Understand the Terrain

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Wrap Up

The three shortcuts discussed in this chapter focus on a selection of tactics, tools, and tips to help you to set your team on course and keep them on track. Here’s a recap of what is covered:

Shortcut 7: Setting the Scrum Stage

  • The importance of collocating team members whenever possible
  • A selection of cultural adjustments that are required to ensure that Scrum can thrive
  • How and why pilot projects can assist in longer-term Scrum adoption

Shortcut 8: Plan the Sprint, Sprint the Plan

  • Factors to consider when selecting your sprint length and goal
  • How to determine a realistic sprint capacity
  • Options for structuring your sprint planning session

Shortcut 9: Incriminating Impediments

  • Definitions of impediments and blocks
  • Types of impediments to watch out for
  • How to ConTROL your list of impediments

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