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A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum by Matthew Ganis, Steffan Surdek, Elizabeth Woodward

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Chapter 4. Preparing for Sprint Planning

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.

Winston Churchill

In traditional Scrum, planning for the Sprint typically consists of two seamless back-to-back meetings referred to as the Sprint Planning meeting (Schwaber 2004). The two meetings have distinct purposes and actions. In the first one, the Product Owners review the highest-priority items in the Product Backlog with the Scrum Team, and they decide how much work they can do within the Sprint based on their velocity in the previous Sprints. In the second one, the Scrum Team decides how it is going to get the work done by breaking down the user stories into tasks and then commits to the Sprint ...

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