In our previous article on Agile meetings, we discussed sprint planning. Let’s look at what happens next.
Sprinting and the Daily Scrum
Once we’ve finished sprint planning and have a commitment, we are ready to start the sprint. This is a two-week time box in which the team creates a tranche of working, potentially deliverable software.
During a sprint the team will hold a daily scrum, a 15-minute meeting in front of the sprint backlog (a visual display of what needs to be done, usually in the form of a whiteboard covered in written-on Post-It notes). This provides an opportunity to synchronise as a team and talk about what we’ve done, what we plan to do and anything standing in our way.
The scrum master oversees the meeting and listens out for any problems that may have arisen that could cause a delay. It’s their responsibility to remove impediments and mitigate any future risk. The scrum master uses a number of charts and techniques to understand if the team is on track and, if it’s lost direction, how to get it back on track.
We encourage continual feedback, so outside of the daily scrum there are regular conversations within the team and with the product owner to ensure we’re on the right path. The sprint is finished at the end of two-week time box.
Keep an eye out for our next article on the ‘Sprint Review’.