The Story Grid
In the midst of sprint planning, it can be a challenge to keep track of when your team has reached its forecast capacity. Here is a simple technique that provides a visual representation of the planned stories versus the total time available in a sprint, keeping everyone from Scrum Master to Product Owner to team members in the loop.
I have two main techniques when carrying out sprint planning. One is the effective and venerable Planning Poker. The other technique didn’t have a name until this article. However, it is just as integral as Planning Poker to the sprint planning sessions I run, and it has featured in them for more than a year. I have decided to call it The Story Grid, which was suggested by Scrum coach Martine Devos to solve an issue our team was having with sprint planning.
In the heat of sprint planning, it had been tricky to keep a track of when the team had reached its forecast capacity for the sprint. As Scrum Master, I could keep a running total of planned story points versus capacity, but this was tedious to do and hold in my head or write on a piece of paper. The solution was to maintain a visual representation of the planned stories versus the total time available in the sprint which everyone could see: The Story Grid.
The idea is simple. First comes the preparation:
- Prior to Sprint Planning, the Scrum Master
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