February 13, 2019

Planning Meeting

  —Small change in interaction. Big change in opportunity.

The team and I have been struggling with improving several Scrum activities. The planning meeting is one of them. Our struggle focused on how to get more value from the planning meeting.

One team member decided to increase stakeholder engagement by engaging on whether the stories the team was about to commit to were in fact ones that could be completed by the team. The result was astounding.

We initially focused on logistics – are the components in place and operational that permit software development? Basic impediment management. This quickly expanded into a run through of our ability to test the story.

I’m actually excited by this development because we are improving interaction with the stakeholders and it’s a benefit to everyone.

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