2920RE: [scrumdevelopment] What to do with "loose ends"
- Mar 9, 2004I'm at a company where we have to do our sprint planning a few hours before
we do the sprint review of the prior sprint. A bit backwards but we make it
During the sprint review we always come up with a few tiny things--rephrase
this, can you make that more prominent, etc.
After the sprint review is over the team looks at that list and almost
always pulls those items into the sprint they've just planned. Our feeling
is that we can't estimate accurately enough that at the start of a sprint we
can say "nope, that 3 hours of small trivial stuff will push us over the
feasibility edge." So, we bring it in and it almost always gets done.
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From: dennis [mailto:dennistodd@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 5:30 AM
Subject: [scrumdevelopment] What to do with "loose ends"
We have been running SCRUM for about 5 months know. We have been successful
at delivering functionality in each of the Sprints we have put together. The
business is very pleased at the results as well.
There is one nagging issue that has seemed to slowly expand over time. At
the end of a Sprint as we are testing and demo'ing to the business, we
identify several small items that need to be "fixed": move this button here,
change the color of this field, etc. All of these things end up on a "loose
ends" list. They accumulate in a spreadsheet where we try to track them.
The issue is that because they aren't attached to a requirement anymore,
they don't seem to get the priority they should in a sprint. Yet they are
things that need to be resolved.
My question for the group is, does anyone else have a similar list at the
end of a Sprint? If so how do you handle them? What process do you use to
track them? Where do they fit in the priority of everything else? Should
they be a separate Sprint or be at the top of the list at the beginning of
Part of these I think I know the answer to, but I'm looking for experiences
of others in this group and how they have handled it in the past.
Thanks to all!
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