Several sub-tasks are needed for proper sprint grooming.  They are essential steps in crafting a sprint plan.  These tasks are not trivial and include such on-going difficulties as estimating the time or effort required.  In this episode, we will look closer at these essential activities.

Estimating Effort

There is no end to the content available to assist us in estimating effort.  However, there is also no silver bullet that allows us to guarantee proper estimation.  That is not a blocking issue.  We will get better at estimating as we do it more often.  Perfection is not needed.  We do want to be as consistent as possible and be able to get close to our estimates.  This task is not for driving effort or accountability as much as it is to provide a metric for velocity.  We want to be able to say how many estimate points we typically tackle in a sprint.

Effort Sizing

Sprint grooming is when we select items to place in a sprint.  Therefore, we need to have a rough idea of the number of points we can implement per sprint.  We also need to have items in the backlog that have point values far lower than our velocity.

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Task Life-cycle

The last thing we review in this episode is the complexity around the life-cycle of a task.  This process is often biased or defined by the way the team works and ticket granularity.  For example, you might have a test status for a ticket, or testing can be a different ticket.  Every team needs to define this process and how tickets flow.  However, the details involved are specific to each team.  Therefore, note that life-cycle needs to be defined. Do not assume that what works in one team works for another.

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Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a longtime student of technology as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is a founder and principle of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although a few have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax.

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